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!
For 140 years the Girls’ Friendly Society has been helping girls and young women to make their way in an often uncertain society. This year we celebrate 140 years of providing education and shelter for women. Although our focus has changed over the years from training to formation, our dedication to helping create a nurturing environment with a Christian emphasis has not. Join us this May as we celebrate our anniversary at St. John’s Pro Cathedral in Los Angeles. Click here to see a slideshow of the event!