from Fr. Ted’s Blog, Meditations of an Orthodox Priest
“Metropolitan Vladimir does see them as being part of the ordained clergy of the Church. His comment that “the nature of women’s ministry has always conformed to the needs of the Church in each historical period” is also fascinating. It would indicate that any discussion about women’s ministry in the Church should focus on what the current need of the Church is. If we have need of specific women’s ministry in the 21st Century Church, which I think we do, then we should be able to establish it without much resistance from the Church. The role of women in 21st Century Western society is very different than it was in traditional Orthodox cultures and in the past. Women today are educated, have careers and take common leadership roles throughout society. This in itself seems to necessitate that the Church open not only the discussion but the opportunities for women’s ministries today.”
Fr. Ted’s post references the article “St. Elizabeth the New Martyr: The Quest to Restore the Order of Deaconess”, by Elena B. and Nadezhda A. Beliakova appearing in the Winter 2017 issue of The Wheel.