Saturday, October 31, 2009

looking back (at Halloween), looking forward (to a woman priest)

I'm not an Episcopal, but my friend who came over a year ago with his kids for trick or treating is. As I look back, we see that the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth is finally, more than thirty years after the church's approval, ordaining a priest who is a woman.

In just two weeks, the Rev. Susan Slaughter, who has been a member of the church since she was eight years old and who completed her seminary training some many years ago and who is finishing a second master's degree -- at Brite Divinity School of Texas Christian University -- will become "the first woman to serve as rector of a diocesan parish" and "the first woman ordained to the priesthood in the history of the diocese, founded in 1983."

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