Through the Front Doors: Methodist Women's Journey Toward Ordination

Conclusion

Women's leadership in the United Methodist Church did not begin in 1956. Since the time of John Wesley, women have been acting as ministers, working on behalf of the church and working toward recognition of their work through full ordination. Nearly 300 years after Susanna Wesley provided a strong female model for John and Charles Wesley, Methodist women continue to lead and to serve their churches. As they enter ministry through the front doors, they are surrounded by the women who preceded them, many of whom had to sneak in through the back doors.

A large portion of this text was taken with permission from the book Courageous Past, Bold Future: The Journey toward Full Clergy Rights for Women in The United Methodist Church by Patricia Thompson, published in 2006 by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church.

The narration for the audio portion of the exhibit was read by Elizabeth Luton Cook of Candler School of Theology, Emory University.

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Conceptual Faith in the Aging Process Rogers, Ruth Elizabeth. Conceptual Faith in the Aging Process (Doctoral Dissertation, Emory University, 1979)
Rogers' dissertation. She was the first woman ordained in the North Georgia Conference.
BV4435 .R64 1979
Candler School of Theology Photo Directory Candler School of Theology Photo Directory, 1975-1976
Ruth Elizabeth Rogers' directory photograph is on the left page. Photos also included in this directory: Dale Owen, first woman ordained in the Mississippi Conference; Barbara Longyear Franks, first woman received into full connection in the Kentucky Conference; Marcia Jane Cochran and Allison Rhodes Morgan, the first two women received into full connection in the South Georgia Conference; Lynne Cheney, one of the first three women received into full connection in the former Southern New Jersey Conference; Susan Henry Crowe, first woman received into full connection in the South Carolina Conference; Carolyn Stapleton, first woman received into full connection in the Southwest Texas Conference
RG 003-1 Archives
Leading Women: Stories of the First Women Bishops of the United Methodist Church Craig, Judith. Leading Women: Stories of the First Women Bishops of the United Methodist Church (Nashville: Abingdon, 2004)
Compilation of life stories of the first women bishops of the United Methodist Church.
BX8493 .L43 2004
Courageous Past Bold Future: The Journey Toward Full Clergy Rights for Women in the United Methodist Church Thompson, Patricia. Courageous Past Bold Future: The Journey Toward Full Clergy Rights for Women in the United Methodist Church (General Board of Higher Education and Ministry UMC, Nashville, 2006)
Written to enable United Methodist churches worldwide to celebrate the fiftieth year anniversary of women's full ordination, this book provides a history of women in the Methodist Church and predecessor denominations, and gives short biographies of the first women to be ordained in each Conference.
BX9345.7 .T466 2006

Women called and ordained: the journey continues "Women called and ordained: the journey continues" The Circuit Rider, May/June 2006
The May/June edition of this periodical commemorates the 50th anniversary of womenï¿¿s full ordination in the United Methodist church.
North Georgia Conference Minutes North Georgia Conference Minutes, 1995
These conference minutes contain a memorial of Ruth Elizabeth Rogers, first woman ordained in the North Georgia Conference.
BX8382.2 N52 Reference
Journey: United Methodist Women in North Georgia 1878-1983 Journey: United Methodist Women in North Georgia 1878-1983 (Atlanta: North Georgia Conference United Methodist Women, 1984)
These books document the attempts of Methodist women in North Georgia to carve out meaningful ministry in the church in response to national and global issues, and to empower women within the restrictive structures of the church. Part two is entitled Story Not Yet Over
BX8493 .J68 1984
BX8345.7 .S7 1992

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