Celebration of Full Clergy Rights for Women

WHEREAS, God has given women gifts and graces for ministry to witness faithfully to Jesus Christ; and

WHEREAS, The Church of the United Brethren in Christ gave full clergy rights to women in 1889; and

WHEREAS, in 1947 The Church of the United Brethren in Christ merged with The Evangelical Church to become The Evangelical United Brethren Church and ceased giving full clergy rights to women; and

WHEREAS, in 1956 the General Conference of The Methodist Church granted full clergy rights for women and 2006 will be the 50th anniversary of that event; and

WHEREAS, some women from The Central Jurisdiction of The Methodist Church were dissuaded from seeking full clergy rights; and

WHEREAS, in 1968 The Evangelical United Brethren Church and The Methodist Church, having abolished The Central Jurisdiction, merged to form The United Methodist Church; and

WHEREAS, there are now more than 10,000 clergywomen in The United Methodist Church; and

WHEREAS, the predecessor denominations of The United Methodist Church have a tradition of granting full clergy rights for women reaching back 117 years with 50 continuous years of full clergy rights for women;

Be it resolved, that in 2006 every annual conference of The United Methodist Church celebrate full clergy rights for women including a liturgical act during the conference session; and

Be it further resolved, that all conferences celebrate the anniversary by honoring the names of the conference's clergywomen, past and present; and

Finally, be it resolved, that in 2006 every local congregation observe the celebration of full clergy rights for women.

ADOPTED 2004

From The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church 2004. Copyright 2004 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.



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