Number of women as clergy jumps for some denominations

(Chicago Sun-Times) Some individual church denominations are reporting greater gains in the representation of women clergy and other ministers, but challenges remain.

Women ministers outnumber men in the Unitarian Universalist faith. They account for more than 58 percent of active ministers, up from 41 percent in 1994, according to a spokeswoman. Statistics were not available on the percent who serve in the lead role at their churches.

In the Episcopal Church, 48 percent of newly ordained clergy are women, according to a 2012 report by Church Pension Group. But employment among the newly ordained stands at 38 percent for women, compared with 62 percent for men.

Women also lag among the newly ordained in pay across age demographics in the faith. The biggest disparities were among pastors age 55 and older, with male clergy making 16 percent more than woman; and among 35- to 45-year-olds, with male clergy making nearly 13 percent more. [More]


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