My friend in UK claims to have gone to a church where the priest is a woman. Are females given official priesthood in any christian denomination?

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    Too many to outline effectively in the Stack Exchange Q&A format. You might like to start with Wikipedia's overview.
    – curiousdannii
    Jan 3, 2019 at 11:43
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    This question shows a lack of research, to say the least.
    – Ken Graham
    Jan 3, 2019 at 15:13
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    The Church of England, the official (and largest) church in the UK has women priests. Jan 3, 2019 at 15:54

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No, not in "any Christian denomination" in the U.K. Only in some Christian denominations. For example:

Anglican Church (Church of England) who have female priests and bishops

Church of Scotland

Episcopal Church

The first woman to be ordained as a minister in the Church of Scotland was the Revd Catherine McConnachie by the Presbytery of Aberdeen in 1969. (Sources below)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ordination_of_women_in_the_Church_of_Scotland https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ordination_of_women_in_the_Anglican_Communion https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ordination_of_women_in_the_Anglican_Communion#Scottish_Episcopal_Church

However, there are many U.K. Christian denominations who do not ordain women to the priesthood, or even to any role where they have authority over men.

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