Palestinian Sally Azar makes history as first female pastor in Holy Land

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AMMAN — Sally Azar, a trailblazer from Palestine, has made history as the first Palestinian woman to be ordained as a pastor, AFP reported. اضافة اعلان

The landmark ordination took place at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in the heart of Jerusalem's Old City in January, just a stone's throw from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the most sacred site in Christianity.

‘Indescribable’At 26 years old, Azar said that the moment of her ordination was "indescribable" and expressed her appreciation for the support she received from around the world, according to AFP.

Her Lutheran Church is part of the Protestant movement, which permits women pastors, unlike the Catholic or Orthodox branches of Christianity, she said.

Azar, who grew up in Jerusalem and studied at a German school for Christian and Muslim girls, hopes that her role as a pastor will inspire more women to pursue influential positions in religious and political life.

She warned that the Christian community in Jerusalem is shrinking, with many young people leaving the city due to the political situation.

Inspiring womenDespite facing some opposition to her ordination, Azar remains committed to using her work to show the importance of women in religious leadership.

She also aims to inspire women globally to seek positions of high office, such as within political parties or in government.

"This is my hope — that more women would study theology and be ordained as well," Azar said.

"Whatever leading role there is in a society, I hope this will be an encouragement to do it."

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