In cooperation with the World Council of Churches’ Faith and Order Commission, Saint Catherine’s Vision (SCV) recently developed and inaugurated a Survey for Orthodox Christian Faithful.
The survey sought participants’ input regarding “Challenges and Opportunities of the Role of Women in the Church” for the Consultation on “Ecumenical Perspectives on the Role of Women in the Churches,” held at the Monastery of Bose in Mangano, Italy on October 3-7, 2017.
74% of those surveyed stated or intimated that they would like to see more opportunities for women to serve in the Church. Even though there were no questions regarding the rejuvenation of the ministry deaconesses, 30% of those surveyed mentioned deaconesses with 18% of those saying they would like to see deaconesses, with some not stipulating whether they felt deaconesses should be ordained or simply blessed by a bishop, or if they should have liturgical functions.
We pray these findings will be helpful toward the discernment of future initiatives for the sake of “building up the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:12). http://www.saintcatherinesvision.com/assets/files/Feb.%202,%202018%20SCV%20Survey%20Report.pdf