This article was originally published by Mennonite World Review

Model of tolerance

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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