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Hear the first female bishop in the US speak

On December 7 at 9 am, the Right Reverend Barbara C. Harris, retired Bishop Suffragan of Massachusetts, will speak at the Convention of the Diocese of Los Angeles at the Ontario Convention Center. We hope that many GFS members will come to hear this pioneering woman speak.

Our GFS members are fortunate to grow up in a time when they can pursue any role  they desire in the church. Girls can serve as acolytes, lay readers, and chalice bearers.  However, it was only 40 years ago that women and men struck down rules and conventions which prevented women from serving at the altar. The story of these exciting times is found in the lesson plan to earn the Shepherd’s Crook. Barbara Harris was the crucifer at the ordination of the “Philadelphia 11” in 1973. She was ordained a deacon in 1979 and a priest in 1980. In 1989, she was consecrated as Bishop Suffragan in the Diocese of Massachusetts.

Attend the lecture by Bishop Harris and then visit the GFS booth in the Exhibit Hall on December 7!