oday is the 45th anniversary of the first ordination of a woman to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church, and the 40th anniversary of the first woman ordained in ECCT – The Reverend Joan Horwitt. To celebrate and reflect upon the past 45 years, I met with our Archivist, Greg, to see if he had any fun and interesting finds around women’s ordination. I not only acquired a new online folder of scanned images of newspaper clippings and whole booklets from the 1970s arguing for and against women’s ordination, but Greg and I dove deep into one theological question: symbolism associated with the clergy person.
A couple weeks ago, I received an email from our Archivist at The Commons, Greg Farr. He had found a small box filled with pictures and correspondents between Episcopalian Connecticut natives serving as chaplains in World War II.
These letters and photographs were sent upon the request of the Rt. Rev. Walter Henry Gray, the eighth bishop of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut.
Today’s guest in Greg Farr, archivist for the Episcopal Church in Connecticut since last October. His office is at The Commons.