First Palestinian lady pastor in Holy Land ordained

The first Palestinian lady pastor within the Holy Land was ordained in a church ceremony in Jerusalem on Sunday.

Sally Azar will head the English-speaking congregation on the Church of the Redeemer, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land mentioned.

Ms Azar’s ordination was held earlier than a packed crowd contained in the church in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Sally Azar, centre, earlier than the procession for her ordination (Maya Alleruzzo/AP)

The West Bank and Gaza Strip have been house to round 47,000 Christians as of 2017, in keeping with the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. Most Palestinian Christians belong to denominations that don’t permit feminine clergy.

A really small minority are adherents of Protestant congregations which have ladies as ministers.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church says it has round 3,000 adherents in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Jordan.

Ms Azar will probably be one in all 5 ordained ladies within the Middle East, becoming a member of one in Syria and three in Lebanon, in keeping with the Middle East Council of Churches.



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