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First Female Church Leader in Ireland


johnfás

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Rev Dr Heather Morris will be installed as the President of the Methodist Church in Ireland on 12th June. How refreshing to have a young, articulate, working mother as leader of one of the four main Christian Churches in Ireland. Dr Morris gave her first interview to RTE this morning (here http://podcast.rasset.ie/podcasts/audio/2013/0522/20130522_rteradio1-morningireland-methodistc_c20204776_20204827_232_.mp3) and is clearly going to be open to discussing quite controversial issues as she showed in her first press conference (here Video: Methodist president speaks on abortion and assisted suicide - Regional - Belfast Newsletter). Hopefully we will hear more from Dr Morris, rather than the usual ageing men, over the next 12 months when faith communities are invited to discuss these matters in the media.

Profile from the Methodist Church website
Heather Morris

Heather Morris trained as a Speech Therapist before offering for the Methodist ministry in 1987. She served in Belfast Central Mission and Dundonald before being appointed to develop the new role of Director of Ministry at Edgehill in 2004. A specialist in Pastoral Theology, with a strong empathy for people, Heather has stressed the importance of professional development for ministers. She brings to the role of President, a quick mind and a refreshing openness to God’s purposes. She and Neil live in Belfast with sons, Peter and David.
 

james5001

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Of the very little interaction and experience I have had with the Methodist Church, it seems like a very good organisation.
 

johnfás

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What subject does she hold a doctorate in?
Theology, from the University of Edinburgh I believe, which seems like an appropriate academic discipline for somebody of her position as the Director of Ministry of a theological college. Although I was speaking to a Methodist minister some time ago whose doctorate was in atomic physics if that's more your cup of tea.
 

RahenyFG

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Well it's no surprise she hasn't become a female Church leader in the Roman Catholic Church.
 

ned green

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Her husbands people were from Sligo I believe.I knew his uncle who worked in a local drapery store,and who was very well known and respected locally.
 

EvotingMachine0197

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Theology, from the University of Edinburgh I believe, which seems like an appropriate academic discipline for somebody of her position as the Director of Ministry of a theological college. Although I was speaking to a Methodist minister some time ago whose doctorate was in atomic physics if that's more your cup of tea.
:p Excellent preemptive strike.
 

eoghanacht

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Good Luck.

Nice to see progress even if from the ranks of the self deluded.
 

Dame_Enda

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The glass ceiling has finally been cracked. The other Churches should follow where a optimal female candidate exists. The Gnostic Gospels suggest Mary Magdalene was an apostle too.
 

Cruimh

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Christianity has come a long way from the days of Jerome :

“As long as a woman is for birth and children, she is different from man as body is from soul. But when she wishes to serve Christ more than the world, then she will cease to be a woman and will be called man.”
 

drummed

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Wait till Toxic hears this:shock2:
 

EvotingMachine0197

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Wait till Toxic hears this:shock2:
I had a scan through the PDF johnfás posted and I can't see any difference with the RCC. But then, I'm not a theologian nor do I partake of Tridentine mass. I'm more of a 'beer and a few episodes of Breaking Bad' kind of person.
 

EvotingMachine0197

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In fairness the Methodists are about as a la carte as a 4 Star Pizza menu. there's bound to be something for everyone...
How can two organisations (Methodist and RCC) with the same core beliefs, have such fundamentally different views on the role of women in the church and the natural expression of sexuality by its ministers?

And since Methodism is considerably more modern in outlook, isn't it probably more correct in its ideology?
 
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