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WOMAN'S FAIR & RUMMAGE SALE
Organizational Meeting at 3:00 in
Ridgecreet Shopping Center,3571 Texas.
DROPS: Judy Lindsley 500 Williamson &■
Jean Willismson 1009 Arboles Circles.
WOMAN'S FAIR & RUMMAGE SALE
Ridgecrest Shopping Center
Hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Various items for sale to public, arts
and craft exhibits, and an emphasis on
the working woman. ^
EQUALITY DAY celebrating the ratificat^
of the 19th Amendment in 1920.
TOWNTALK - Channel 3, 3:30 "Brazos
Valley NOW" with Carol McDonald.
NATIONAL CONVENTION deadline for
discount air fare to Philadelphia, Pa.
$158. Contact Jean Conger,2917 Jaffe Rd,
Willington, Del. 1-302-994-0884.
BRAZOS VALLEY NOW monthly meeting
Unitarian Church, Parsonage House
Highland Street, College Station.
New Elections - Educational Task Force
NATIONAL NOW CONVENTION in Philadelphia.
All NOW chapter members present eligible
to vote for national board officers and
take part in policy-making decisions.
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EPISCOPALIAN PRIESTESSES: The Wendt Trial
It's called the "Priestess Campaign" by The Christian Challenge, a monthly publication of
the Foundation for Christian Theology,Today a massive national campaign is being organized
to win approval for the ordination of women as priets in the Episcopal Church at the 1976
General Convention in Minnesota. The whole issue of the "Philadelphia Eleven" women
ordained as Episcopal priests last year came into the headlines this month when Rev.
William A. Wendt was pronounced guilty by a church court for disobeying Bishop J.M. Allin
who instructed him not to allow Rev. Alison Cheek toparticipate in the Eucharist.
The Bishop felt that the necessary decision should be made on the convention level. (The
issue was not settled in the General Convention in 1973.) Another ecclesiastical trial of
Peter Beebe, rector of Christ Church in Oberlin, Ohio, is still in progress over his
decision to allow Rev. Alison Cheek and Rev. Carter Heyward to celebrate communion.
PRO , CON
PAUL KING JEWETT (author,Man as Male & Female) ELISABETH ELLIOT (author, Furnace of the Lord)
"I feel that instead of trying to limit ths woman in her freedom as a ohlld or God by denying her calling to the ainlstry on
such grounds as man's 'erotic' weakness, men ought to redeem
the man/rfonan relationship in the Church by repenting of their
sin. Also, it Is '■eld that* to ordain a woman to holy order*
would be analogous to assigning her the role of husband and
fithe/ in the family, a role that properly belongs to the man.
So far as the nature of the ministerial office bears on the
question of women's ordination, the ultimate issue proves to be
her relationship of subordination to the man. "
DONALD COGGAN - archbishop of Canterbury
"My own belief is that crrination of women to the priesthood
will come. My own personal view is, it should come. When,
I don't know. And how, 1 don't know."
VIRGINIA RAMEY MOLLCiKOT? - English processor, The William
Rsterser. Co-llege of New Jersey
"Those who elisve that God is omnipresent, not only transcendent but also imminent (I ::or 3:15) and those who acoept the
Genesis 1j?7 that God created both man and woman
in his image must in all consistence support the immediate
ordination of women. Because genuine human eQuality is rooted
in God's omnipreaano* end immenance, both racism >ind sexism
are practical denials of Go-""s presence.
M5ubJeotion of wives to husband as the Church is subjeot to
Christ is an i:nport?.nt aspect of the Church's message. Ths
Church cannot, therefore, negate this truth that it teaJhes by
ordaining womsn to the cfice of minister sf Wc-ld Proclainer.
The commands of GcJ in Scripture clearly delineate t>-e
strutures of th- Church, and relationship between its members
ind leaders, and the disciplined use of gifts for its
edification. We cannot have it both ways. The Church must
ohoose between the ordination and the subordination of women.
Which does God command? If subordination is the scmnand sf
Gad, ordination is excluded. It is a contradiction*!"
RUTH GRAHAM - wife of evangelist Billy Graham
"I personally am 'agin it.' For one thing, I do not feel
that we have that much of a shortage of men. For ancher thing,
I believe that it basically goes against the principles of
Sorlpture. Bible teachers? YesJ Sunday-school teachers? Yes J
Prayer-group leaders? YesJ But clerjyvwomen? I have serious
I think if you study you will find that the finest cooks in the
world are men; the finest couturiers, by and larce, are ren; the
finest musicians are men} the greatest politician.* are t-en; most
of our erect atheletes a re men. You name It, men are superior
in ill but two areas: wonen make the best wives nnd women —ks
the best mothersJ "