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January 15th, 2018

A Public Statement on Orthodox Deaconesses

by Concerned Clergy and Laity [UPDATED: 56 signatories]

Note: You can add your name to the statement on the AOIUSA website.

The Patriarchate of Alexandria’s appointment of six “deaconesses” in the Congo in February 2017 has prompted calls in some corners for other local churches to follow suit. In particular, a group of Orthodox liturgical scholars has issued an open statement of support for Alexandria, declaring that the “restoration of the female diaconate is such that neither doctrinal issues nor authoritative precedents...