In 1970, the Lutheran Church in America and the American Lutheran Church, which preceded the ELCA, both changed their language barring women from ordained ministry. Later that year, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Platz was ordained by the Lutheran Church in America.
It is with great joy that in 2020 the ELCA will celebrate the 50th anniversary of this action to allow the ordination of women in the United States. We will also commemorate 40 years of women of color being ordained and 10 years of LGBTQIA+ individuals being able to serve freely. As part of this anniversary, we recognize and lament that some of our leaders have been barred from serving and have been bullied, dismissed and excluded due to sexism, racism and homophobia.
Ordained in 1976, local pastor Nancy Winder was the 14th woman ordained in the American Lutheran Church and the first in the Pacific Northwest. There are stories to be told as we remember how we came to this place and, from the foundation of this rich history, look to a future of the ministry of all God’s people.
Here at Peace we will mark this anniversary on Sunday, January 19, when I will celebrate 7 years of ordination. Pastor Nancy Winder, who preached at my ordination, will join us here that day as our guest preacher. Please plan to join us in lifting up the gifts of all God’s people!
With gratitude, Pastor Annette
January 19, 2013