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Female Religious Leadership Needs to Increase—But Why Is It So Hard To Get There?

No matter how qualified, how passionate, or how accomplished, women have often been shut out of religious community elderships.

Some Seventh-day Adventists forge ahead on women clergy

(RNS) For now, statements from church headquarters in Silver Spring, Md., focus less on gender and more on concern that regional church bodies have forged ahead with their own decisions without consensus from the wider denomination.

Could Pope Francis make women cardinals? A pipe dream, and an opening

(RNS) There’s a saying in the Catholic Church that while only God can create the world, only a pope can create cardinals.

Seventh-day Adventists facing pressure on allowing female clergy

Two U.S. regional groups of the Seventh-day Adventist Church have recently approved the ordination of women pastors, moving faster than the worldwide church’s study of the issue.

The Pacific Union Conference, which includes California and four other Western states, voted 79 percent to 21 percent at a special session on Aug. 19 to “approve ordinations to the gospel ministry without regard to gender.”

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