Wearing ribbons in support of women’s ordination

10 Jan

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November 2011 saw the ordination of several men from ALC at Concordia Chapel, Highgate, S.A.   Small ribbons in support of women, who were not deemed suitable to join the men, were offered to those attending.   A large number of people were happy to wear the ribbons, including faculty from ALC and parish clergy.  A small card was also given to people stating:

As we celebrate this occasion with the church and the ordinands, there is sadness that, yet again, no women will be ordained.  We invite you to wear this ribbon to the service and other celebrations as a gentle way of showing your support for the ordination of women.

Pastor Semmler laments the low number of men graduating from ALC, however, he demonstrates an intolerance for one obvious solution to the dilemma – the ordination of women.

The wearing of ribbons has been received enthusiastically by some. Perhaps they should become a permanent thing until women are finally ordained.


Posted by on January 10, 2012 in politics, women's ordination


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5 responses to “Wearing ribbons in support of women’s ordination

  1. Marg

    January 10, 2012 at 7:04 am

    Interesting idea. Is there any significance in the choice of colours?

    • Katie and Martin

      January 11, 2012 at 11:16 pm

      Yes. Purple is the key colour for women’s leadership/feminism, and green is for life. We think that MOW (Anglican women’s ordination movement) also used this colour combination.
      The double ribbons were quite small so could easily be something that were worn frequently.

  2. Kristen

    January 12, 2012 at 1:35 am

    I don’t think I agree with the fundamental concept of “ordination” in the first place– but if people are going to be ordained, then it shouldn’t be restricted on the basis of gender. 🙂

  3. PIchi

    January 12, 2012 at 9:20 am

    They look like a beautiful gold-plated badge. Or an embroidered patch to sew onto clothes. The small card said it all, in just the right way. Something isn’t right and it’s too late to say it isn’t.


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