Model of tolerance

Sep 2, 2019 by

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The Western District Conference annual assembly honored several women ordained to ministry some 40 years ago (Editorial, Aug. 19). This was a time when ordination of women was uncommon and controversial. Marilyn Miller related a memorable part of her ordination: Her mother publicly expressed personal opposition to women ministers but also proceeded to support her daughter’s decision to be ordained. What a Spirit-filled moment this must have been! Marilyn’s mother spoke as she believed, but also accepted opinions contrary to her own understanding. She modeled true tolerance within a community bound by love of God and others. Forty years later, this approach to controversial issues is still valid.

Ruth Anne Abraham
Austin, Texas

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