Church of the Good Shepherd Watertown
"The Philadelphia Eleven" documentary film
In an act of civil disobedience, in 1974 a group of eleven women and their supporters organize their ordination to become Episcopal priests in defiance of church rules. The Church of the Advocate in Philadelphia welcomes them, but change is no small task. The women are harassed, some lose friends, and others are banned from stepping on church property. In this feature-length documentary film, we meet the women who succeed in transforming an age-old institution, and challenge the very essence of patriarchy within Christendom. All are welcome to attend the screening, followed by a conversation with filmmaker and Watertown resident Margot Guernsey.