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I was about 6 or 7 and I think it was 1982 when my home church, Faith Lutheran in Morris Minnesota, was led by Pastor Nancy Larson as our interim pastor. I think she was only at our church for a few months but she made a significant impact on my life. She is the reason that my whole life long I never knew that a woman couldn’t be a pastor. Role models are so important, and sometimes we’re only able to name it 40 years later, but Pastor Nancy gave my little eyes a vision for who I would be.
These are a few of the important experiences that have also helped me to see it:
Today (June 29) as I write this, the Lutheran Church celebrates 50 years of the ordination of women. I look back on my life and giving thanks for all of the people whose sacrifice, sheer determination, and perseverance, made it possible. I am filled with joy as I remember those who have supported and encouraged me personally. I am also listening and joining the faithful prophets who speak clearly today. It is a true honor to be invited into the stories of people’s lives and proclaim this gospel of justice and grace.
Make no mistake - we still have work to do! There is grace to proclaim, injustices to name and repair, and more gifted leaders to fully welcome into this work of ministry. I do so with hope and good courage, giving thanks for all who prepared the way!