Church rejects move to ordain women as pastors

The Mizoram Presbyterian Church has rejected a proposal to ordain women in the church as pastors or church elders, church sources said.

Last Updated: Nov 12, 2011, 11:10 AM IST

Aizawl: The Mizoram Presbyterian Church
has rejected a proposal to ordain women in the church as
pastors or church elders, church sources said.

Synod Executive Committee (SEC), the highest decision
making body of Mizoram Presbyterian Church, decided to this
effect after the issue of ordination of women was raised
during the Presbytery, the second highest conference of the
church recently.

Ordination of women as pastors and church elders have
become one of the major issues facing the churches in Mizoram,
especially the Presbyterian and the Baptist, the two largest
and most powerful churches in the state which is predominantly
Christian.

The SEC`s decision was taken at a meeting here on
Thursday.

About 40 years ago, Saptawni, a woman, was elected as
church elder by the congregation of the Presbyterian Church`s
Mission Veng unit in Aizawl, but she was not ordained after
the Synod refused to have her ordained.

Dr R L Hnuni, principal of the Baptist Church run
Aizawl Integrated Christian Studies, was also denied to be
ordained as a pastor by the assembly of the Baptist Church of
Mizoram (BCM) in January this year.

Hnuni was earlier recommended by the pastoral
committee of the BCM to be ordained as a pastor.

Women`s committees inside the churches have been
demanding gender equality inside the churches so that they
could also become pastors and church elders.

PTI