Dorchester Abbey was full last Sunday for an Epiphany service to celebrate the contribution of women to the Church of England.
More than 500 people turned up for the service led by the Archdeacon
of Buckinghamshire, the Venerable Karen Gorham, reports the Diocese of
Archdeacon Gorham told stories of women like Florence Nightingale and
Catherine Booth of The Salvation Army as she spoke of the unique role
“With each woman here today there is a unique story, some of us have
worked in the church for many years as lay workers, deacons,
deaconesses," she said.
"Some entered the ordained ministry at the end of the long campaign
by the Movement for the Ordination of Women, while others have found
their vocation more recently and are experiencing a church where men and
women are now largely selected and trained as equals.”