(from Stacey Midge)
It's not official until all the clerks report the votes of the classes, and the General Synod ratifies it this summer but...word on the street is that we have now reached the requisite number of classis votes (30) to remove the conscience clauses from the BCO. A disclaimer: the "word on the street" is mostly coming from me, as I've been tracking the votes of each classis for the last several months. So, I'm not celebrating yet (much), but was inspired to say thank you to some people whose lives have paved the way, regardless of whether the removal has officially passed or not.
Thank you, women who went to seminary before "people" was declared to include both men and women.
Thank you, women who came under care without knowing that ordination would ever be a real possibility.
Thank you, women who were ordained without the certainty that a second call would ever be available to you.