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Ellen Marie Barrett
(February 10, 1946 - living) U.S.A.

Ellen Marie Barrett

Episcopalian priest

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American Episcopal priest, the first open lesbian to be ordained, in 1977, by Bishop Paul Moore Jr. of New York.

The Rev. Ellen Barrett

"If the Church is to be a house of prayer for all people, then gay people belong in it, too. And if love is what the church is all about - and it says it is - then indisputably I belong in there, too, because my way of living is a way of loving .... It's important I was ordained as a lesbian. Gay people should have a place in the ministry as they should in the rest of the world. But I have a hard time grasping that, to a lot of the world, it's the only important thing about me - it's not! I'm a lot more than that."
At the altar of her ordination, Episcopal priest James Wattley spoke out during the service and called it,
"... a travesty and a scandal."
Rev. Ellen Marie Barrett:
"The changes in the Church have always been to broaden and include -- not cut off and turn away .... I care less about the Church as a structure than as a community of Christians. I think that community is founded on love, and I think that love belongs in everyone - including women and lesbians."

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