Reformed Church in America http://michiganradio.org en Reformed Church in America strikes policy allowing 'conscience' objection to female ministers http://michiganradio.org/post/reformed-church-america-strikes-policy-allowing-conscience-objection-female-ministers <p>The Reformed Church in America has been ordaining women for more than 30 years. But there have always been ways for&nbsp;people who conscientiously&nbsp;object to female&nbsp;ministers to remove themselves from the process. On Monday night, the church&rsquo;s governing body voted 143 to 69&nbsp;to strike those policies.</p><p>A <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/reformed-church-america-considers-striking-conscience-clauses-when-ordaining-women">survey of&nbsp;female&nbsp;ministers shows </a>about one in four experiences setbacks because of inappropriate use of those rules.</p><p>Reverend Stacey Midge heads the RCA&rsquo;s Commission for Women. She believes the changes could cause some upheaval in the short term.</p><p>&quot;In the long run however, I believe that we have more integrity as a denomination if we just say &lsquo;we ordain women.&#39; And if you can&rsquo;t live within a system that ordains women, then there are a lot of denominations, and perhaps this isn&rsquo;t the one for you,&quot;&nbsp;Midge said.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 15:57:10 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8035 at http://michiganradio.org Reformed Church in America considers striking “conscience clauses” when ordaining women http://michiganradio.org/post/reformed-church-america-considers-striking-conscience-clauses-when-ordaining-women <p>The Reformed Church&nbsp;in America has been ordaining women for more than thirty years. On Monday the church&rsquo;s governing body will consider dropping rules that outline ways people can conscientiously object during the process of ordaining women ministers.</p><p>The&nbsp;compromise, once struck to maintain unity within the church, may be causing more division now.</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 00:40:31 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8006 at http://michiganradio.org