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Breaking Hegemony: Hopes for True Equality in the Church

I had the experience of coming into the Episcopal Church with priestly (Elders) ordination in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church which had been ordaining women since 1894. Having been nurtured in African Methodism I grew up expecting women’s ordination to be normative across Christianity. I was quite surprised to find it was not. As…
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Living Up To What We Teach Our Children

The highest priority that I see for The Episcopal Church in the work for women’s equality is to provide a place where women’s dreams of equality can be fully realized. I am a child of Title IX. Growing up in the 80s, I had opportunities to learn ballet and gymnastics and yet was also able…
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The Long Walk Home

I have often told this story to congregations when preaching. There was a man in a bookstore interested in a religious book. He turns the cover over and sees the author is a woman priest. He frowns instantly. The picture of a feminine smiling face stares at him head on. He is instantly uncomfortable. He…
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Driven by the Spirit into Dark Places

What aspect of the women’s ordination movement do you most want Episcopalians today to remember and honor? The “movement” was not so much a movement as it was the Gospel’s call to be about those tasks that un-bind people and to set them free. As a child of the church growing up within the church,…
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Casting Out Fear: Ending Transgender Discrimination

June 28, 2016 Dear People of God in the Episcopal Church: We all know that some things in holy Scripture can be confusing, hard to understand, or open to various ways of understanding. But some essential teachings are clear and incontrovertible. Jesus tells us to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves, and he…
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Roland Allen Sermon: June 8, 2016

President Jenning preached this sermon on June 8 at the opening Eucharist of the Executive Council meeting in Chaska, Minnesota: In the Name of God. Amen. Today we commemorate Roland Allen, the son of an Anglican priest who was orphaned at an early age. Allen followed in his father’s footsteps and was ordained a priest…
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40 Years On: Thoughts on Gender Equality in the Episcopal Church

President Jennings delivered these remarks on June 8, 2016 to the opening session of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church meeting in Chaska, Minnesota: Good morning, and welcome to Chaska. It’s my second time visiting Chaska, and I love it here. Chaska’s mission is “to be the best small town in Minnesota,” and they’re…
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The Rev. Robert Sessum, Ten-Time Deputy, Awarded House of Deputies Medal

President Jennings visits Diocese of Lexington May 12, 2016—On May 1, the Rev. Robert Sessum, a ten-time deputy to General Convention from the Diocese of Lexington, was awarded the House of Deputies Medal by President Gay Clark Jennings during her visit to the Church of the Good Shepherd in Lexington. “Bob has held an amazing…
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