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Update on the Question of Women’s Ordination in the New Church

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014


NewChurch LIVE was started 5 years ago by and exists under the denominational affiliation of the General Church of the New Jerusalem, known more commonly by the short hand, “New Church.” At that time a group of visionary leaders allied with the denomination’s governing body and breathed life into this congregation we know and love.   Today NewChurch LIVE continues to live under the “New Church” governing body.
An issue the denomination has wrestled with over the years is the ordination of women into the priesthood.   Several weeks ago, after much deliberation, a decision was made by our Bishop, Brian Keith, after gathering clerical input, to continue the policy of an all-male clergy.
This has created a great degree of discomfort and concern among many in the denomination.  As the pastor of this congregation, it is important to calmly and humbly put forward that I strongly believe in women’s ordination.  That position, among the clergy in this denomination, is a minority opinion.
Within the NewChurch LIVE congregation, for some the issue is not a pressing concern at this particular moment and for others there may be a strong need for support or to dialog further on the subject.  In that light, there are two options available this week. as well as a third ongoing option.
  1. Candlelight Meeting will be held on Friday, October 17th at 6:30 PM, at the Bryn Athyn Boro Park.  At approximately 7:15 PM, the group will then be invited to walk with Aurelle Genzlinger and others to her house on 637 Waverly Lane to continue the conversation or individuals are free to continue on to attend the meeting being held by Bishop Keith.
  2. Address by Bishop Brian Keith: Bishop Keith will be meeting with concerned parties to answer questions on Friday evening at 7:30 in Heilman Hall located at on the grounds of the Bryn Athyn Church School.  (Bryn Athyn Church is our sister congregation).  This event, sponsored by our sister congregation, the Bryn Athyn Church, is more public in nature.
  3. Meet with Pastor Chuck:  This third option is available following both Friday evening activities and on an ongoing basis.  Recognizing this issue is significant, I am committed to creating space for support and conversation.   Please feel open to sharing on this very important subject.
If you have questions about the above, feel free to contact me at 215-740-3662.