Knowing our Place?
25 April 2019 IN: Ministers
To mark the 25th anniversary of women first being ordained as priests in the Church of England, a conference in Manchester on 2 May 2019 will celebrate how far women have come and map the future direction of women’s ministry, with a focus on removing barriers that remain, in particular those affecting ethnicity, gender and disability.
The city of Manchester, that led the way on women’s rights a century ago, is blazing a trail for women to have greater opportunities to train for ministry and take up roles of leadership in the Church of England.
‘Knowing our Place?’ will hear from pioneers in women’s ministry who have all served in the Diocese of Manchester. Three archdeacons will talk about their individual journeys, struggles and achievements. The author, theologian and columnist, Dr Catherine Fox, will provide creative insights into the world of the CofE.
The great line-up of speakers includes the first nubian Archdeacon of the Northern Province, one of the first Trans women to be ordained in the CofE, and women with experience of disability. Each has a remarkable story to tell and will talk honestly about barriers to belonging, and practical steps that would enhance women’s future experience of ministry and leadership.
The conference will also hear from leading practitioners of work to tackle poverty and ecological justice, including the winner of the inaugural Theology Slam Competition (2019), Hannah Malcolm.
The Ven Karen Lund, Archdeacon of Manchester, said: “Manchester has a history of extraordinary women pioneers who have achieved great things – including securing the vote for women. The Diocese of Manchester has its own story to tell and our conference is a chance to remember and celebrate people who have the paved the way for women’s ordination to the Priesthood, and those who continue to address barriers facing women in the Church today.”
After the conference there will be a celebratory service at Manchester Cathedral starting at 7.30pm. The preacher is broadcaster and writer, Christina Rees. The Bishop of Ripon, Helen-Ann Hartley, will preside.