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Toward Columbus: Women's Wall Timeline will trace history

4/21/2006
[Episcopal News Service]  The history of women in the Episcopal Church will be featured on a timeline that is to stand in the nave of Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Columbus during the General Convention.

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the ordination of women to the priesthood, the Committee on the Status of Women decided it was important not only to recognize women who have been ordained priests and bishops, but other women who have contributed to the rich history of the Episcopal Church. The project is sponsored by the Episcopal Women's History Project, the Episcopal Women's Caucus, and the Committee on the Status of Women.

Names of lay women who featured prominently in the formation of many congregations across the land and were often the hearts of their parishes and missions will be remembered on the wall, as well as women deaconesses and deacons. The project will pay tribute to the women who served as convention deputies in 1970, the first year that women could be seated in the House of Deputies.

Trinity Church, at the corner of Broad and Third streets across from the Ohio State Capitol building, will be the scene of a number of convention-related events, including the election of the 26th Presiding Bishop on June 18 and a one-woman show about Elizabeth Cady Stanton on the evening of June 19. The Women's Wall Timeline will be blessed at Evening Prayer on June 12 at 5:30 p.m.

The timeline will feature relevant women's and church history from the 17th century to the present on the top section, and underneath will focus on individual women who made contributions in their own way, in their own place.

People coming to convention are being encouraged to bring information about women who have been important in their parishes and dioceses, including names, dates, and contributions. Pictures are also encouraged but originals cannot be returned, therefore copies would be more appropriate.

Questions can be addressed to the Rev. Barbara Schlachter, Convener of the Committee on the Status of Women, at b.schlachter@mchsi.com.