'Female pastors' story rattles SBC nerves

Magazines removed from shelves
When Lutherans recently celebrated 50 years of ordaining women as pastors in Sweden, they invited Katharine Jefferts Schori, the first woman presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, to speak at festive events in Uppsala and Stockholm.

In Nashville, 60 women pastors who lead United Methodist churches with 1,000 or more members discussed in mid-September how to convince more large congregations that female clergy are talented leaders, too. The UMC has ordained women for 52 years, but only 5 percent of them head sizable churches.

A recent issue of a moderate-oriented Cooperative Baptist Fellowship magazine has a cover story on female pastors, reflecting the fact that the CBF now has 100 women ministers, including some serving at churches dually aligned with the CBF and the Southern Baptist Convention. The editor received only a half-dozen complaints.


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