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Houston Breakthrough 1976-10 - Page 1. October 1976. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 21, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/3590/show/3570.

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(October 1976). Houston Breakthrough 1976-10 - Page 1. Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/3590/show/3570

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Title Houston Breakthrough 1976-10
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date October 1976
Description Vol. 1 No. 8
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  • Women--Texas--Periodicals
  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
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  • Houston, Texas
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  • periodicals
Language English
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Transcript women's pro football team h/ts Houston with hurricane force vol. 1 no. 8 October 1976 50 cents 2000 years of tradition broken Women entering the priesthood By Suzanne Gray Once ordained, REV. HELEN HAVENS sacraments of the Episcopal Church will administer all of the On September 16, 1976, Helen Havens sat in a hall jammed with three thousand people. Flanked by close friends, she listened for four hours to debate over an issue she had labored on for five years. She sensed a quiet conviction of what the outcome would be. The auditorium, however, was far from calm. Tensions crackled in the air. Then the speeches were over. The crowd became completely silent for five minutes of prayer. The Reverend John B. Coburn, President of the House of Deputies, stood before the General Convention of the Episcopal Church being held in Minneapolis and read the decision to sanction the ordination of women to the priesthood. He read the vote: "Clerical order— 60 dioceses for, 37 against and 12 divided. Needed for passage 37 Lay order-57 dioceses for, -58. against 12 divided. Needed for passage- 57." It was an historical moment. Two thousand years of tradition had just been broken. Following the request of house leadership, the vote was accepted in prayer with pleas for reconciliation by both sides of this bitterly divisive issue. For Helen Havens it was a moment of subdued joy. The Reverend Helen M. Havens, President of the Episcopal Women's Caucus, and Assistant to the Rector at St. Francis Church in Houston is an articulate woman, full of gentle charity and incredible strength. Her conviction of the wholeness women would bring to the priesthood has impelled her relentless crusade. The Episcopal Women's Caucus was formed in 1971 to affirm the role of women at large in the Church. Its aim has been to educate through communication and Havens and her husband have traveled and worked tirelessly in that effort. The National Coalition for Women's Ordination grew out of the Caucus in 1974, to work specifically for the acceptance of women priests at the 1976 General Convention. Reverend Patricia M. Park, also a deacon, and co-chairperson of the Coalition, attributed success of the ordination decision to the Coalition's efforts, and to pressure resulting from irregular ordinations of 15 women priests. On July 29, 1974, eleven women, acting on beliefs that could not be ignored or delayed any longer, defied the hierarchic dictates of the Episcopal Church, and were ordained priests in a controversial ceremony in Philadelphia. It rocked the Church. Their ordination left a wake of great hope and deep despair; joy and sorrow; clarity and confusion. Many feared the Church would rift apart. Continued on page 17 LIBERTY GALA ACLU's theme for this year's liberty gala is "Women's Rights." Frances Farenthold will be the keynote speaker at a reception on October 23 at the home of James Calaway, president of the Texas Civil Liberties Union. "We will celebrate the women and men everywhere who have participated in this effort to achieve equal rights for women," Calaway said. "And, we will drink a toast to the ACLU for having played a significant role in most sex discrimination cases that have reached the Supreme Court in this decade," he added. The gala is also a benefit for the local ACLU to raise operating funds for its activities and programs in the coming year. All contributors will receive a free poster on the theme of women's rights by artist Trudy Sween. If you would like to celebrate the role of the ACLU in the women's rights movement and lend support to a victorious fund drive, do not miss the liberty gala at 17 Courtlandt Place on Saturday evening, October 23. UT nurses testify against Regents By Dolly McClary UT nursing educators and students scored a few points recently in their battle to re-establish their University of Texas System School of Nursing (UTSSN). As a direct result of their success at publicizing, organizing and politicizing their fight, State Representative Fred Head (D-Athens), chair of the House Higher Education Committee, agreed to hold public hearings on the matter at a meeting of the Medical Education Subcommittee in Austin on September 9. House Speaker Bill Clayton charged Head with the responsibility of studying the effects of the UT Board of Regents' March 26 decision to abolish the UTSSN, and of making recommendations to the legislature. "I'm sure the physicians would not want to have a nurse to be dean of the medical school, but in effect, that's what we have now—phy sicians heading our nursing schools through their positions as presidents of the local health science centers," testified Dr. Evelyn Redding, faculty member at UT-Houston. The most disturbing effect of the decision was the serious setback to the professional and educational autonomy of the nursing profession. Dr. Frances Moncure, another member of the Houston faculty, described one immediate effect in her testimony. "Dr. Charles Berry, President of the UT Health Science Center in Houston, warned the faculty on the Houston campus not to air their views on the system's dissolution to the news media," she said. "He told us he is keeping a file on all who have done so." Berry's ultimatum seems to have had its effect on acting Dean Dorothy Otto of the Houston campus. During the committee hearing, Chairman Head questioned if Otto anticipated any problems under the new structure. Her only re sponse-punctuated by long periods of silence—was to state "I could work with them." Continued on page 17 Dr. Evelyn Redding nursing school faculty, hearing. and Dr. Frances Moncure, testified in the UT-Houston September 9 legislative