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50 years of women in ministry

The Rev Dr Margaret Forrester reflects on the journey which led to the ordination of women to the ministry of Word and Sacrament within the Church of Scotland.


“OF course not! Girls can’t be ministers.”

“Why not?”

“They’re not allowed.”

I first had that conversation within the family when I was eight years old.

It happened again when I was choosing subjects for Highers.

“Such a pity,” said the teacher, “With your interests, if only you were a boy…You would train for the ministry.”

Nurtured through Scripture Union at school, and at church by Bible Class, Youth Fellowship and Sunday worship, I began to grow in faith and Bible knowledge. Then I met two women who were to influence me greatly.

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Inside this issue..... 50 YEARS OF WOMEN IN MINISTRY - The Rev Dr Margaret Forrester reflects on the historic decision. The experience of woman ministers. GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2018 - Meet the Moderator-Designate, the Rev Susan Brown - Reports preview, timetable and the Assembly Fringe - Heart & Soul 2018