Religion: Celebration of Defiance

Three of the eleven Episcopal women ordained as priests in Philadelphia last July laid public claim to their priesthood at a Eucharistic service on Reformation Sunday last week in Manhattan's interdenominational Riverside Church. Calling their deed "a celebration of women in ministry," the Rev. Carter Heyward, 29, the Rev. Alison Cheek, 47, and the Rev. Jeannette Piccard, 79, joined in consecrating three home-baked loaves of bread and wine in three ceramic goblets. Piccard, who won fame decades ago for stratospheric balloon flights with her husband Jean Piccard, pronounced absolution; and Cheek gave...

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