We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted,
help the weak, be patient with everyone. (1 Thessalonians 5:14)
Those who wish to follow the present discussion about women’s ordination in the Anglican Church in North America will need to be current with what is being written. This page offers a series of documents that will be helpful in following the discussion.
This topic is no mere abstruse aspect of theology, no tidbit of doctrinal abstraction useless to the average Christian. It is central to our view of God’s creation of male and female, their relationships with each other, our understanding of humanity as God’s image bearer, and even the nature and character of God himself. Therefore, the topic is more impactful than most likely recognize.
Be assured that the clergy of St. John’s uniformly hold to the doctrine and practice of the undivided church regarding this matter. Any of the clergy would be glad to discuss any of these matters with you.
If you don’t know where to start and don’t wish to read the 600+ pages available below—come on, you know you really do!—we recommend those listed with an asterisk (*) as a great place to start.
- Introductory Documents
- *A Revised Report of the Study on Women: a very helpful work done by a study group led by Bishop John Rodgers in 2009 and updated in 2014.
- A Serious Argument Against the Ordination of Women to the Priesthood & Episcopate: a follow up essay by Bishop Rodgers from 2011.
- Ordaining Women as Deacons is a follow on study from the above study by Bishop Rodgers et al., specifically reviewing historical evidences regarding deaconesses.
- *Three papers issued simultaneously by the Diocese of Christ our Hope (St. John’s diocesan home) prior to the plenary meeting of all ACNA bishops to be held in Victoria, BC, Canada in September 2017.
- Primary ACNA documents
- Follow on documents after the Victoria conclave
- Forward in Faith Council Statement: a statement by the Anglo-Catholic branch of ACNA subsequent to the Victoria conclave.
- Response to Holy Orders Task Force Report – Six Anglican Leaders Reflect on ACNA Statement: a response to the Holy Orders Task Force study by John Rodgers and five other Anglican leaders.
- Pastoral Letter 2017 from the Reformed Episcopal Church; a well written and helpful document!
- Bishop Iker’s Bishop’s Address to the 35th Convention of the Diocese of Fort Worth on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. The pertinent portion is highlighted in the attached PDF file on pages 4–6.