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KOREA PRESBYTERIANS VOTE TO ORDAIN WOMEN
05 May 1996 13:04:55
95179 KOREA PRESBYTERIANS VOTE TO ORDAIN WOMEN
by Jerry L. Van Marter
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--The Presbyterian Church in Korea (PCK) has approved an
amendment to its constitution that will allow the ordination of women as
ministers and elders for the first time in 60 years.
The 51 presbyteries of the PCK voted 48-3 to ordain women as "teaching
elders" (ministers) and 46-5 to ordain them as ruling elders.
The National Organization of Korean Presbyterian Women has set aside
August 30, during its annual assembly, for a special service of
"celebration and thanksgiving."
The PCK 1994 General Assembly approved the ordination amendment last
September. Two-thirds affirmative votes were needed by the presbyteries, a
tally that had not been achieved in past years.
Unzu Lee, associate for women's advocacy in the Women's Ministries
Program Area of the National Ministries Division, said, "I am hoping that
this historic decision will have a ripple effect in the Korean American
context here in the United States."
For more information contact Presbyterian News Service
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, KY 40202
phone 502-569-5504 fax 502-569-8073
E-mail PCUSA.NEWS@pcusa.org Web page: http://www.pcusa.org
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