Living Tomorrow Today

August 22, 2017

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An Ecumenical Extraordinary Ordination in a Methodist Tradition Minus the Closet!

Rev. Annie Britton and Rev. J Zirbel were ordained to Christian ministry by the Church Within A Church Movement Sunday October 19, 2008 at Mount Vernon Place UMC in Baltimore, Maryland.


Rev. J Zirbel and husband Rev. Andy Little serving communion to Bishop Jesse DeWitt with Bishop Susan Morrison and Rev. Dr. Traci West looking on.

Rev. Annie Britton, just after her ordination

Rev. Dr. Traci West preaching her sermon "Today this scripture is fulfilled," based on Luke 4:18-19, 21.

Thanks to our Ecumenical Participants

Rev. Patricia Barth, Interim Associate Conference Minister for the Chesapeake Association, Central Atlantic Conference, United Church of Christ.

Rev. Erik Christensen was extraordinarily ordained and called to serve as pastor of St. Luke's Lutheran Church of Logan Square (Chicago, IL) in October, 2006.

Mary E. Hunt, Ph.D., is a feminist theologian who is co-founder and co-director of the Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER) in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. A Roman Catholic active in the women-church movement, she lectures and writes on theology and ethics with particular attention to liberation issues.

The Rev. Dr. Herbert D. Valentine: Moderator of the 203rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Executive Presbyter of Baltimore Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church (USA) 1957-2000, Urban Pastor.

Press Coverage of Extraordinary Ordination

"Two Methodist Women get 'extraordinary ordination'Baltimore Sun, October 20, 2008

"Rejected pastors receive 'extraordinary ordination'" United Methodist News Service, October 31, 2008

"'Extraordinary ordination' has no United Methodist status, bishops say" United Methodist News Service, November 10, 2008

"Response to United Methodist Council of Bishops Statement" CWACM executive director cathy knight, November 13, 2008

Extraordinary Ordination Program Book

Extraordinary Ordination worship book coverThe "Living Tomorrow Today" keepsake program book is a cherished memento of this historic day.

The book includes welcome letters from retired UMC Bishops Leontine Kelly and Judith Craig and Bishop Yvette Flunders, ordination and communion liturgies, and ads of celebration and community.

To order your own copy of the 38-page program book contact us.

Cost is $8/copy which includes shipping and handling.

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