Revd Lyn Jamieson -MetroCentre Chaplain and one of the first women to be ordained a priest in the Church of England in 1994 talks with Bishop Paul at the MetroCentre during the launch of a banner exhibition celebrating 20 years of women as priests.

 Revd Lyn Jamieson -MetroCentre Chaplain and one of the first women to be ordained a priest in the Church of England in 1994 talks with Bishop Paul at the MetroCentre during the launch of a banner exhibition celebrating 20 years of women as priests.

Revd Lyn Jamieson -MetroCentre Chaplain and one of the first women to be ordained a priest in the Church of England in 1994 talks with Bishop Paul at the MetroCentre during the launch of a banner exhibition celebrating 20 years of women as priests.
An exhibition is being staged across the Durham Diocese to celebrate twenty years of ordination of women as priests in the Church of England and the Diocese of Durham. The first women became priests in the diocese in 1994 and an exhibition launched at the MetroCentre, Gateshead, will celebrate their work over the past two decades, a time that has seen them go from opposition in some quarters to more general acceptance. The Revd Lyn Jamieson, Chaplain at the Metrocentre and one of that first thirty eight (38) women to be ordained as a priest in 1994, said: “One of the highlights was being ordained in Durham Cathedral after many year of struggle, but there were sad times as well because there were a number of people who were totally against us. “Some people would not let us into their churches to take services because they were so opposed to us.” Things have changed dramatically since then to the point where the General Synod of the Church of England will vote on legislation to allow women to become bishops in July. Bishop of Durham the Right Revd Paul Butler, said: ”The mission of God should be delivered by men and women, not one or the other. “I pray and hope that this year will see women allowed to be bishops. Having women as priests over the past twenty years has strengthened the mission of the church.” Lyn said: “I would like to see more ordained women chaplains. I think we do a great job and we do it where people live their lives. My other hope is that I will see women allowed to be bishops and I hope we might see that vote happen in this anniversary year.” The Revd Jennifer Bradshaw, Women Advisor in Ministry for the Diocese, said: “I think the future holds enormous potential for women in all walks of life. I live in a generation where children cannot remember when women were not ordained. I think there is a sense that we are in this together and the sex of a person is not important but what matters is the gifts they can offer. “This exhibition hopes to capture some of that, celebrating women as priests in the diocese of durham, past, present and future.” The Methodist Church, which has had women ministers for 40 years, is supporting the exhibition. Kathryn Stephens, Sunderland Superintendent Minister for the Methodist Church, said: “There is the potential to reach out to communities because of the variety of people we have in the church. There is vibrancy that was not there prior to women being ordained in both denominations.” The exhibition will be in Durham Cathedral from the 19th – 25th July and there will a service of celebration at Durham Cathedral on Saturday 19th July at 2.30pm. The exhibition will move onto churches around the diocese during the remainder of 2014, locations confirmed so far include: 12th – 23rd June Stockton Parish Church 23rd June – 7th July Sunderland Minster 10th – 18th July St. Cuthbert’s Church, Darlington A website resource to support the exhibition and celebrations can be viewed at: http://newsroom.durhamdiocese.net/celebration20/

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