Representatives of Middle Eastern Anglican, Lutheran and Reformed churches have voted unanimously in favor of the ordination of women as pastors. “This is historic,” said Jerusalem Lutheran Bishop Munib Younan after the January 12 decision of the Fellowship of Middle East Evangelical Churches meeting in Harissa, Lebanon.
Younan, the fellowship’s outgoing president, said the decision by the 29 voting delegates, including two women, at the group’s general assembly meant its 16 member churches were urged to open the door to the ordination of women pastors.
Rosangela Jarjour, the fellowship’s general secretary, said in a January 15 e-mail that three churches had already accepted women’s ordination as pastors: Younan’s Lutheran church, the Cairo presbytery of the Evangelical Church in Egypt, and the diocese of Khartoum of the Episcopal Church in Sudan. Several other churches already ordain women as elders.