"Ordain us today, along with our brothers": The Journey to Women's Ordination

On Saturday, December 9 at 10am, join EDS for a public conversation between the Rev. Dr. Carter Heyward, the Rt. Rev. Mary Glasspool, and the Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine. This event will mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. Heyward and four other women deacons presenting themselves for ordination to the priesthood in the Cathedral in an act of liturgical protest. The event is part of a larger series of commemorations leading up to the 50th anniversary of the ordinations of the Philadelphia Eleven—the first women ordained priests in the Episcopal Church—in July 2024. It is hosted in partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of New York's Taskforce for Commemorating the Ordination of Women.

This event will take place at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, located at 1047 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10027. You can also watch the livestream below!

Click here for a guide to the program

Historical Resources

EDS thanks the Diocese of New York—particularly its archivist Wayne Kempton—for these resources and permission to share them with the public.

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