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No One Ever Told me in Seminary

On November 24, 2014

No one Ever Told me in Seminary
Women oversaw ecclesial jurisdictions
In England, Poland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Austria and Spain

No one Ever Told me in Seminary
About Harriet Livermore
Who preached to Congress in 1827
With President John Quincy Adams sitting on the steps

No one Ever Told me in Seminary
Hundreds of women evangelists in the 1800s
Preached in churches, fields, forests and school houses across the United States

No one Ever Told me in Seminary
Women were ordained for over 1,000 years
In the Early Middle Ages

No one Ever Told me in Seminary
Women preachers were the first women to speak publicly
To mixed audiences of
Men and women in the United States

No one Ever Told me in Seminary
About Phoebe Palmer
Who was called the “Mother of the Holiness Movement”

No one Ever Told me in Seminary
The ordination of women was defined out of existence in the 12th century
In a revision of theological curriculum

No one Ever Told me in Seminary
About the Women’s Missions Movement
Which spread the gospel around the globe by sending an army of missionaries

No one Ever Told me in Seminary
Anything was missing in their presentation of church history
Perpetuating a lingering silence
Of their supposed absence

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