At Friday evening’s clergy session, the entire group of nine clergy elected to be ordained were all women. One of these individuals, Mao Vang Her, is also the first Hmong elder ever to be elected in The United Methodist Church in the United States. South East District Superintendent and Dean of the Cabinet Deborah Thompson said that in light of celebrating the 60th anniversary of full clergy rights for women in our denomination this year, she is thrilled to see an all-female ordination class. She spoke about her own struggles in the 1970s, when there were no people in her Annual Conference that looked like her. “Now, to have the first Hmong and female to be ordained as an elder in the whole United Methodist connection is great. I know God calls females to lead God’s church and to make it better.”