30 Mar '16, 10pm

Upper Columbia Conference Continues Trend of Separate-But-Equal Ministerial Credentialing:

Upper Columbia Conference Continues Trend of Separate-But-Equal Ministerial Credentialing:

In an attempt to elevate women ministers in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, many administrative territories have created workaround solutions to the problem of the General Conference's refusal to ordain women at the denomination's highest levels. One increasingly-common solution is to make women's credentialing functionally equal to men's credentialing by allowing commissioned ministers the same rights and privileges as ordained ministers. The trend toward separate-but-equal-credentialing has created a situation in which male and female ministers may perform the same tasks and receive the same pay and benefits while remaining in distinct, gender-divided ecclesiastical categories. Within Adventism worldwide, ordination remains the highest ecclesiastical designation, and with a few notable exceptions , it continues to apply only to men. Some territories within the Seventh-...

Full article: http://spectrummagazine.org/article/2016/03/30/upper-colu...

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