Justice, Bullying & Ordination

Remembering My Struggles for Justice (Patricia Marruffo, Spectrum, 10 Aug 2012)

My family was engaged in this movement because we were campesinos. The struggle of the Untied Farm Workers was my family’s struggle. Later in my early teenage years I experienced, first hand, the grueling work and trials in the fields as my brother and I joined other campesinos picking onions for the summer, and dealing with an employer who refused to pay our wages.

Anti-Bullying Advocates Bullied by Church (Ryan Bell, Huffington Post, 6 Aug 2012)

Grady and her team decided to go to Nashville in spite of the ban on their booth, to talk with individuals about their ministry and hand out their materials, but Grady now says she has been informed that security will be prohibiting the distribution of material in the convention facilities. “They can’t stop us from talking to people,” she says. “If they want our material we can go outside and give it to them off the property.”

The first union to vote for ordaining women pastors received little notice. At the fifth constituency session of the North German Union Conference, meeting in Geseke on April 22 and 23, the delegates voted approval of ordination for women serving in pastoral ministry. The resolution was approved by more than a two-thirds majority of the delegates.

But when the Columbia Union of the North American Division voted on July 29, 2012 to ordain pastors without regard to gender a veritable blizzard of objections from the General  Conference blanketed the landscape.

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