Trinity Commons to host Screening of The Philadelphia Eleven
In 1974, there was a dramatic breakthrough of the so-called “stained glass” ceiling that gave hope to women of faith everywhere. At a church in Philadelphia, a group of eleven women were ordained to the Episcopal priesthood in violation of the constitution and canons of the Episcopal Church – which at the time stated that only men were eligible for ordination. This story is told in a compelling new documentary The Philadelphia Eleven. The film is being released in 2024, the 50th anniversary of the Philadelphia ordinations.
The feature documentary film will screen here in Cleveland on Tuesday, January 30th hosted by the Diocese of Ohio and Trinity Cathedral at Trinity Commons!
An informal reception will begin at 4:30 p.m., welcoming remarks from Bishop Jolly, Dean Owens, and a special guest – the Rev. Nancy H. Wittig -- will begin at 5:00, and the screening will start at 5:30 p.m. Dinner and refreshments will be provided throughout the evening which will conclude by 7:45.
Nancy Wittig, a priest in the Diocese of Ohio, is one of the Philadelphia Eleven featured in the movie. “It’s amazing that women are still fighting for rights in the church, and continuing to feel blowback, similar to what we experienced 49 years ago,” she reflected, and then went on to comment, “we are proud of the changes we have accomplished through our priesthood and the ordinations in Philadelphia.”
Reservations are required for those who would like to attend this screening of the film which is free to the public and you can register here. A suggested donation of $10.00 is appreciated and opportunity will be provided at the event for those who would like to support the event in this way.