From 9-18 September, Deaconess Grace Rao of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) led a women’s seminar at the LTS on the topic “The Role of Women in the Church.” As Dcs. Rao puts it, “the Scriptures speak the positive and glad affirmation of woman as a person completely equal to man in the enjoyment of God’s unmerited grace in Jesus Christ and as a member of His Body, the church. It is important to understand where Christ says ‘No’ to women’s service at ONE place, He and His church say a round, hearty and full-bodied ‘YES! And MORE!’ at other places delimited only by need and gifts.”
The ladies who attended hailed from Ermelo, Middleburg, Piet Retief, Pongola, and Pretoria. A number of church bodies were represented at the seminar – St Peter’s Confessional Lutheran Church (CLC), the Lutheran Church of Southern Africa (LCSA), the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Southern Africa (ELCSA), as well as the LTS community itself.
The LTS is grateful to Dcs. Rao for her selfless service and for her generous gifts of Lutheran Service Books, additions to the library inventory, and training materials.