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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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A Distinctive Chinese Contribution

A Distinctive Chinese Contribution

The Ordination of the First Five Women Priests in Chung Hua Sheng Kung Hui

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(p.129) 6 A Distinctive Chinese Contribution
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Christian Women in Chinese Society
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Wai Ching Angela Wong

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888455928.003.0007

Wong Wai Ching Angela takes a closer look at the groundbreaking ordinations of the first five Anglican women priests in the Diocese of Hong Kong and Macau, originally a part of the CHSKH. She examines the controversy surrounding the debate of women’s ordination in the province before and after the war, tracing the roles of Bishop R. O. Hall and Bishop Gilbert Baker. This chapter highlights the “Chinese factor” that specially made the four first ordinations of the Anglican Communion possible. Wong argues that this distinctive Chinese contribution to women’s ordination in Hong Kong took place at an ambivalent crossroads, where cultural transition and the transformation from an English to a Chinese church, endowed with a Chinese reformist spirit of the time, met. The Chinese church decided to take the right opportunity at the right place at the right time and so made a distinctive decision in the Anglican Communion.

Keywords:   First Anglican women priests, Women’s ordination, Women’s ministry, Florence Li Tim Oi, Jane Hwang Hsien Yuen, Joyce Bennett, Pauline Shek Wing Suet, Mary Au Yuk Kwan

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