Documentary About Women In The Church Struggling For Acceptance For 50 Years Airing In Lakewood

A feature documentary about women struggling for their right to become priests in the Episcopal Church wil be screened on Sunday, February 4th. The screening will start at 4 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 18001 Detroit Ave., Lakewood.

"The Philadelphia Eleven" tells the compelling story of a group of eleven women who were ordained to the Episcopal priesthood in violation of the constitution and canons of the Church – which at the time stated that only men were eligible for ordination. St. Peter's parishioner Reverand Nancy H. Wittig is one of the eleven and will be featured in a Q&A following the screening. The Reverand Wittig says, “It’s amazing that women are still fighting for rights in the church, and continuing to feel blowback, similar to what we experienced 49 years ago.” She went on to say, “We are proud of the changes we have accomplished through our priesthood and the ordinations in Philadelphia.”

This film tells a story that continues to resonate today as women seeking ordination continue to face resistance, disrespect and exclusion from roles reserved by men for men. The documentary explores the lives of these remarkable women who succeeded in transforming an age-old institution despite threats to their personal safety and the risk of rejection by the church they loved.

These women became and remain an inspiration for generations of women in the ministry, and a clarion call for the entire Christian Church.

Lorna Jordan has lived in Lakewood for 20 years and has been a member of St. Peter's Episcopal church in Lakewood for 18.

Lorna Jordan

LIved in Lakewood for 20 years. Been a member of St. Peter's Episcopal church in Lakewood for 18

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