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This ebook explores the suffering genesis of a women's move within the Orthodox Church throughout the ecumenical flow of the 20 th century at a time while militant conservatism is rising in Orthodox nations and fundamentalism within the diaspora. supplying an realizing of the participation of ladies within the Orthodox Church, rather in the course of the fifty years of the club of the Orthodox church buildings on the planet Council of church buildings, this publication contributes to the continuing debates and feminist research of women's participation, ministry and sexuality within the lifestyles and perform of the Church common. The ebook unearths either the confident contributions to ecumenism and the problems confronting Orthodox ladies wishing to take part extra totally within the management and ministry in their church.
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87 Among the women of the Orthodox church were those who were not promoted as leaders by their hierarchs, but who instead were leaders in ecumenical women’s organizations in their own country on their own initiative. It was those few women, rather than the clergy, who encouraged their churchwomen to respond to the questionnaire and participate in future WCC programmes. From the early days, the hierarchs and theologians considered their membership in the WCC in terms of the spiritual rather than the corporeal and with the dignity and honour of ordained office, rather than the questions of participation and social justice raised by the laity and the specific issues and struggles of women.
5 In nearly all the churches women sat on one side, men on the other, and in village churches a curtain prevented any view of the other side. 6 Her response perhaps reflected a personal hope that eventually women should and would be in positions of authority and leadership. The initial reaction from the hierarchs and priests (whose names were not recorded in the responses) of the Greek Orthodox Church in Egypt was a reluctance to respond to the questionnaire until pressed that all the other churches in Egypt would respond.
255; Florence Nightingale, ‘Cassandra’, in Ray Strachey (1978), The Cause, London: Virago, p. 407 (originally published in 1857). 61 Brian Heeney (1988), The Women’s Movement in the Church of England 1850–1930, Oxford: Clarendon, p. 17. 62 Helen B. Hanson (1911), From East to West. Women’s Suffrage in Relation to Foreign Missions, The Church League for Women’s Suffrage, Pamphlet No. 2, September, p. 3. Women and Ecumenical Relationships 15 Double standard moral judgements were entrenched not only in Britain and America but manifested across all societies, no less in Orthodox and Roman Catholic societies where the purity of the woman was aligned with the purity of the Virgin Mary.