Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Let's Support Women of French Organization "Toutes Apôtres!" "All Women Apostles" on July 22th participating in Red Egg Action! See Women's Ordination Conference Plan!


This will be an action taken in solidarity with the women of the French organization “Toutes Apôtres!” (“All Women Apostles!”), who on July 22 will present themselves as candidates for ordained ministries in the French church. Last year, seven members of the group gained international media attention when they put themselves forward for as candidates for positions for ordained ministers throughout France.

 

There's a story from Eastern Orthodox tradition about Mary Magdalene and her iconic red egg:

Mary Magdalene went to the emperor Tiberius Caesar to proclaim the resurrection of Jesus and brought an egg, a symbol of rebirth and spring. The emperor told her that it was no more possible that Jesus had risen from the dead than it was possible for the white egg in her hand to be red. But immediately, the egg in her hand turned red—a sign from God that the "impossible" had happened.

Like Mary Magdalene dismissed by the emperor, many people today are dismissed by the institutional Church when they proclaim that God has called them to ordained ministry. But every authentic call from God has beauty and vitality, and stands as a bright symbol of divine creativity. 

For July 22, the feast of Mary Magdalene, we will be creating a powerful visual display of red eggs in cities across the U.S. as a reminder that what earthly powers deem as "impossible" can in fact be confirmed and called forth by God. 
This will be an action taken in solidarity with the women of the French organization “Toutes Apôtres!” (“All Women Apostles!”), who on July 22 will present themselves as candidates for ordained ministries in the French church. Last year, seven members of the group gained international media attention when they put themselves forward for as candidates for positions for ordained ministers throughout France.

Here’s how you can get involved: 

  • Fill out our one-question survey to let us know if your call or ministry has been dismissed or denied by the institutional Church. (You may remain anonymous.)

  • Volunteer to organize or co-organize an action in your area. We will provide a toolkit, materials, a prayer card, and connect you with local WOC members to take action on July 22nd. Contact Kate to find out more information about organizing a witness or to join one being planned. 

  • Wear red, the color traditionally associated with Mary Magdalene, on July 22. 

  • Continue to share our petition (link below) telling Pope Francis that ordaining women is not a crime! We will deliver the petition at the end of July. 

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