In 1974, the Episcopal Church did not permit women to serve as leaders or priests. The Philadelphia Eleven set out to change that. By seeking ordination as priests, a role reserved for men at the time, eleven women challenged the church to change. In this feature-length documentary film, we meet the women who succeed in building a movement that transforms an age-old institution and challenges the very essence of patriarchy within Christendom.
The screening of this 90-minute documentary is hosted by the Convocation of Lynchburg area Episcopal Churches, whose congregations have been blessed by women in ministry and leadership roles. We celebrate fifty years of Women in Ministry, even as we continue to pursue equity and justice for women in all spheres of life.
Join us on Sunday, March 3 at the Academy Center of the Arts for a reception at 4:30 p.m. followed by the screening at 5:30 p.m. in the Historic Academy Theatre.
A portion of the ticket sales from this screening will go to support YWCA Central Virginia, whose mission is to eliminate racism and empower women.