Adventists vote against ordaining women pastors

A world assembly of Seventh Day Adventists has voted not to allow their regional church bodies to ordain women pastors.

At the church’s General Conference in Texas, the vote was 1381 to 977.

The outcome was reportedly influenced by delegates from Africa and South America.

Before the vote had been tallied, a spokesman said the status of women who have been ordained by local church bodies despite the church’s official position “will remain the same”.

There have been decades of division over the issue among Seventh Day Adventists.

Several of the church’s 13 worldwide divisions have approved theological reviews suggesting that women’s ordination should be widely accepted.

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