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Lutheran Convention Votes Not to Allow Women Pastors

July 24, 1986

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Delegates representing 2.6 million Lutherans in the Midwest took less than five minutes to decide that women cannot be ordained as pastors.

The more than 1,100 delegates attending the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod made the decision by voting in a show of hands Wednesday.

The action followed a vote approving a resolution saying women can serve as officers and as members of boards and committees as long as it does not violate ″the order of creation″ by usurping authority over men.

On Tuesday, the delegates defeated a measure singling out women for training for special ministries.

″Women should be silent on preaching or teaching to men,″ delegate Harold Nansel of Waverly, Neb., said Wednesday, invoking Scripture. Nansel said women shouldn’t have authority over men but can teach small boys, such as Sunday school pupils.

Richard Mundinger of Stillwater, Minn., was one of the few who voted for ordination of women.

″We’re not giving the women as much due as they really should have. This resolution means that women should stay in the kitchen,″ he said.

″My reaction is to be deeply distressed by the decision not to ordain women,″ said the Rev. Jan Campbell, executive director of the U.S. Office of the World Council of Churches in New York.

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