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Christian Women in Chinese SocietyThe Anglican Story$
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Wai Ching Angela Wong and Patricia P. K. Chiu

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9789888455928

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888455928.001.0001

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The Ordination and Ministry of Li Tim Oi

The Ordination and Ministry of Li Tim Oi

A Historical Perspective on a Singular Event

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Christian Women in Chinese Society

Philip L. Wickeri

Hong Kong University Press

The ordination to the priesthood of Florence Li Tim Oi (1907–1992) in 1944 was an extraordinary event. She became the first woman priest in the Anglican communion but from the very beginning her ordination was full of controversy. This chapter is a detailed historical reconstruction of her ordination and related events, drawing on letters and other documents written by Li Tim Oi and others that have not been used before.The ordination of Li Tim Oi helped start the process leading up to the ordination of women in the Anglican Communion. Her license to the priesthood was withdrawn, but four decades later wasrestored. She has been rightly hailed as a forerunner in the movement for women’s ordination.

Keywords:   Christianity in China, Anglican communion, women’s ordination, Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui, Florence Li Tim Oi

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