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This week in Christian history: First woman ordained in Lutheran Church, Constantinople patriarch banished

Hagia Sophia
The imposing structure of Hagia Sophia, located in Istanbul, Turkey. The building began as an Orthodox Christian cathedral, was converted to a mosque in the 15th century, and was then made into a museum in the 1930s. |

Throughout the extensive history of the Church, there have been numerous events of lasting significance.

Each week brings anniversaries of impressive milestones, unforgettable tragedies, amazing triumphs, memorable births, notable deaths and everything in between.

Some of the events drawn from over 2,000 years of history might be familiar, while other happenings might be previously unknown by most people.

This week — Nov. 21 through Nov. 27 — marks the anniversary of the first female ordination in the Lutheran Church in America, the Patriarch of Constantinople being banished, and the death of religious abolitionist Sojourner Truth.

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