Worthy celebration that never happened.WHITMAN, the quintessential quin·tes·sen·tial
Of, relating to, or having the nature of a quintessence; being the most typical: "Liszt was the quintessential romantic" Musical Heritage Review. self-promoter, was good at "singing" himself. For us Canadian Anglicans, celebration and singing of self is not something we do especially well, even when we have ample cause to. Sometimes, our recalcitrance can have a certain charm to it like that of a performance by a child musician at the Kiwanis festival that is so brilliant that all eyes are downcast down·cast
1. Directed downward: a downcast glance.
2. Low in spirits; depressed. See Synonyms at depressed.
1. in disbelief. Sometimes, it can be irritating, and yet other times, it can border on the shameful.
By the time this edition of the Journal reaches most subscribers, it will have been 25 years almost to the day since the Anglican Church of Canada ordained or·dain
tr.v. or·dained, or·dain·ing, or·dains
a. To invest with ministerial or priestly authority; confer holy orders on.
b. To authorize as a rabbi.
2. its first women priests List of women priests-In many denominations the ordination of women is a new phenomenon. This is true enough that those so ordained gain some attention. This list deals with that and will include female Bishops as well, but due to historical differences deaconesses will not be . You must be forgiven if you did not know that. The church, inexplicably, has been all but silent about it, and in that silence it has missed a golden opportunity, in these dark days, to celebrate something amply worth singing about. A planned and deliberate celebration of 25 years of women in ordained ministry, as befits the importance of the event, might have given us something to feel proud about -- a moment of joy in stark contrast to the mood engendered by ever recurring reminiscences of our role in residential schools. That celebration never happened and it is an opportunity shamefully missed.
True, there was a mention of the anniversary at General Synod The General Synod is the title of the governing body of some church organizations. Church of England
In the Church of England, General Synod was instituted in 1970 and is the culmination of a process of rediscovering self-government for the Church of England that had , but it was scarcely a mention and it came too late in the nine-day gathering for an appropriately celebratory mood to swell up. (In contrast, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) (French: Eglise Evangelique Lutherienne au Canada) is Canada's largest Lutheran denomination, with 182,077 baptized members in 624 congregations. , which is celebrating the same anniversary and which met concurrently to General Synod, held a special banquet to honor its first women clergy.)
True, the 25th anniversary of the ordination of Anglican women is on the agenda at this month's meeting of the House of Bishops -- 30 minutes devoted to it on the penultimate pe·nul·ti·mate
1. Next to last.
2. Linguistics Of or relating to the penult of a word: penultimate stress.
The next to the last. of a four-day gathering. True, a notice went up on the Web site a few weeks ago, inviting parishes to communicate to Faith Worship and Ministry staff anything they are doing to note the occasion. But that's all there was. "Tell us what you are doing." Not a hint of what, if anything, General Synod might contemplate to mark the event, and the whole thing so muted that it might as well have been a simple survey to some unstated end rather than an invitation to participate in something worth applauding.
To assess the impact of women in ministry in the Canadian Anglican Church is a remarkably intuitive affair. There are plenty of numbers that testify to their importance and to the varied roles women have played. They have demonstrably de·mon·stra·ble
1. Capable of being demonstrated or proved: demonstrable truths.
2. Obvious or apparent: demonstrable lies. swollen the rolls in theological schools. Women in parishes are no longer a novelty, and if the welcome that women priests get in different dioceses throughout the country still varies a little bit, it can at least be said that all the dioceses, even the most conservative, have ordained them. (The last was Fredericton in 1991.)
But the story is a lot more than numbers. Allowing half of sexual humanity into the previously hallowed hal·lowed
1. Sanctified; consecrated: a hallowed cemetery.
2. Highly venerated; sacrosanct: our hallowed war heroes. male ranks of clergy has changed the tone of this church from top to bottom. The contributions that women have made to the priesthood and to everything that flows from that is difficult to assess, simply because it is immeasurable.
It is true, as the Anglican Journal noted in an article last month, that women have yet to make the inroads inroads
make inroads into to start affecting or reducing: my gambling has made great inroads into my savings
inroads npl to make inroads into [+ they should in the upper echelons of the church. There has yet to be a woman primate. There has yet to be a woman metropolitan. And there are only two women sitting in the House of Bishops, although the number of those qualified to do so are legion. When organizations take steps, even monumental, steps that are so logical and so progressive that the vacuum that is consequently filled seems in no time at all never to have existed, it is tempting for subsequent generations to downplay down·play
tr.v. down·played, down·play·ing, down·plays
To minimize the significance of; play down: downplayed the bad news.
Verb 1. the importance of the change. It is tempting to write history as though it had always been thus. It is tempting, too, to forget the mood and the Holy Spirit breath that led the organization through a portal that thereafter closed forever with no possibility of return. Such times deserve commemoration whether the joy they create is instinctive or not.
Once upon a time in our church, there were no women priests and no women bishops and that was a church, to those of us who love it today, that was incalculably poorer than the one we now know. When the time came for us to move forward, the church was sensitive to the pressures and public notoriety NOTORIETY, evidence. That which is generally known.
2. This notoriety is of fact or of law. In general, the notoriety of a fact is not sufficient to found a judgment or to rely on its truth; 1 Ohio Rep. that might well fall on a person identifiable as "the first." And so it was that on Nov. 30, 1976, six women were ordained almost simultaneously, in four different dioceses:
In Cariboo, Patricia Reed;
In Huron, Mary Mills Mary Mills may refer to:
In New Westminster New Westminster, city (1991 pop. 43,585), SW British Columbia, Canada, on the Fraser River, part of metropolitan Vancouver. Founded in 1859 as Queensborough, it was the capital of British Columbia until Victoria was made capital after the union of British Columbia , Elspeth Alley and Virginia Briant;
In Niagara, Mary Lucas and Beverley Shanley.
We had six "firsts."
At the time of this writing, it was still too early to see how much response there was to Faith Worship and Ministry's invitation to "individuals, parishes and dioceses to share with the rest of the church what they are doing to celebrate the 25th anniversary of women in the priesthood." It is to be hoped however that the responses were plentiful at the local level. Because from the national church, from General Synod, there was virtually nothing.