CHAPEL HILl, N.C. — A commemoration of the ordination of 11 women to the priesthood 40 years ago will be held on Aug. 24, 4 p.m., at The Episcopal Church of the Advocate, 8410 Merin Rd.

The festivities will feature The Rev. Carter Heyward, one of the “Philadelphia Eleven” who will preach. A native North Carolinian born in Charlotte, Heyward has spent her life working to stretch the boundaries of how feminists think about justice, as well as consciousness transformation for those women who seek to become priests. She is a lesbian feminist theologian and teacher as well as a member of the clergy. She was graduated from Myers Park High School and received her undergraduate degree from Randolph-Macon Women’s College in Virginia, her Master’s from Columbia University in New York and her Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, also in New York. Heyward also spends her time working with the Democratic Party and is a fiddler. More recently she serves as Free Rain’s founder and board chair which provides horseback riding in a therapeutical environment in the North Carolina mountains.

Following a brief reception, a panel discussion facilitated by The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, with Dr. Sam Laurenet, The Rev. Dr. Lauren Winner, Heyward and seminarian Hershey Mallette, will take place at 6 p.m.

Book authors will sign books available for purchase at the event. Twenty percent of all book sales, as well as the offering for the Eucharist, will go to the Diocesan Harvest for Hospitality Campaign.


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