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Hannah Kardon
Hannah Kardon • 1 year ago

Lucy Jane Rider Meyer (1849-1922), chemist and early proponent of the Deaconess movement, who did urban ministry and training in Chicago in the early 20th century.

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Just as the deaconess movement began with cutting-edge urban ministries with immigrants, the sick and the poor, deaconesses and home missioners today still engage in emerging and innovative ministries.

St. Phoebe the Deaconess. In the early Chuch there were women deacons. However, they were limited to that role and were not allowed in the priesthood. The reason for the deaconesses: it was considered improper for males to be physically handling women, so deaconesses were commissioned to assist especially in baptism and chrismation. While there are no liturgically recognized female deacons in the Orthodox Church in the USA, there are some in Japan, Russia and Greece.

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