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Leaders Affirm Women Pastors

In December Columbia Union Conference leaders held a luncheon to affirm and express appreciation to the women clergy who serve in the Columbia Union. About 40 attendees (pictured above), including 20 women pastors, several conference presidents and ministerial directors and union officers gathered to talk about the outcome and implications of the vote at the 2018 Annual Council meetings, how women pastors are being treated at their home churches, what questions they have and receive and how the union can help.

“We wanted to know how it’s going for them and how we could support their ministry,” says Celeste Ryan Blyden, the union’s vice president for Strategic Communication, who chaired the event planning committee. “And we assured them that the vote in Battle Creek in no way changed their status as pastors and ministry leaders.”

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