How did it happen?

Heidi Regier Kreider, first woman pastor ordained by Southeast Conference

I’ve described the wonderful change in women’s ministry that occcured in the Mennonite Church from the time of Anna Kauffman in 1925-35 to now in 2012. There were other changes:  introduction of musical instruments in worship, wearing of wedding bands and jewelry  permitted, no coverings or other dress regulations for women or men. In some sections of the church the ownership of radios and TVs was first banned and then acccepted.  How did such dramatic changes happen?

  • Some biblical texts were  reinterpreted and reapplied.
  • Congregations respected the conscience of an individual to determine personal behavior.
  • Conferences allowed innovative congregations to follow the Spirit’s guidance.
  • Deviation from a norm was tolerated, then adopted and appreciated.

The keys of the Kingdom were used to open doors, not close them.  Amen


About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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