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Lift the Ban on Women in Ministry

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We realize that devout New Church people can find adequate scripture to justify either side of the Women in Ministry debate, but there is one incontrovertible fact concerning the relationship between Jesus Christ and women: he never condoned sexual discrimination or the implied subservience of women.

This view that the Lord considers women to be inferior to men is creating an environment in which violations against women are justified, both world-wide and in our community.

The truth is that male New Church leaders have had – and still have – an option to interpret the Writings either to exalt or subjugate women. They have, for a variety of reasons , overwhelmingly chosen the latter. We no longer accept the current policy, or the rationale offered to support its continuation. Therefore, we support the following:
Call to Action:
1. CLERGY: enough damage done. Choose to be leaders. Take a stand – create an environment where violations against women based on discrimination and subservience have no place. Sign on to eliminate this discriminatory policy against Women In Ministry.
2. GENERAL CHURCH BOARD: mandate a change in position. Withdraw funding from those who don’t commit to ending the discriminatory anti-Women In Ministry policy.
3. PEOPLE: do the next right thing. We’ve acquiesced to this mess for too long. Only we can change it. Sign this petition and talk to your pastor. Today.

(The original wording of the first three paragraphs comes from a speech by Jimmy Carter - modified to New Church language)

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