... Baltimore Conference ordained Mrs. Mary J. Small as a deacon, and in 1898 she was ordained aquot;elderaquot; and given full ministerial status and conference membership. ... The Church of God in Christ (COGIC), the largest black Pentecostal denomination, has formal barriers against the ordination of women. Its Official Manual argues, on scriptural grounds, that women cannot be ordained as elders, bishops, anbsp;...
|Title||:||Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America: Native American creation stories|
|Author||:||Rosemary Skinner Keller, Rosemary Radford Ruether, Marie Cantlon|
|Publisher||:||Indiana University Press - 2006|