From Constance Oosthuizen to Purity Malinga: the struggle for equality in ordination in the Methodist Church of Southern Africa

Raymond Simangaliso Kumalo
2016 Journal Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae  
the researcher believes that while in the Methodist Church of Southern Africa (MCSA) women have been ordained to the ministry of Word and Sacrament since 1976, they remain a minority numerically and are still marginalised in leadership. As a result ordained women remain the most unrecognised and underutilised group in the MCSA. Few women ministers have held leadership positions during this period, particularly primary leadership positions. this article enquires into the experiences (or,
more » ... nce') of these women, the reasons for the minority representation, and reflects on the future of representative ordained ministry. A theoretical framework of feminist ecclesiology is used as an approach. Primary research provides statistical data upon which the assessment of progress towards gender equality is based. the impact of culture upon institutional gender representation is discussed, together with equality of opportunity in principle and practice. Reference is made to gender equality in other institutions, both secular and religious. The article reflects upon the leadership of the MCSA towards gender equality in the ordained ministry, and some conclusions are drawn and recommendations suggested for the future.
doi:10.17159/2412-4265/2016/1413 fatcat:djkrcb7oorfixjgp656gzhaymq