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Their activities along with those of their male counterparts between and transformed an inner-city mission into a nationwide crusade. Only one woman was over age 20; their only training was during the voyage from England. Despite that, in under 3 months the women had founded 10 corps, with services each week. Catherine Booth, wife of William and mother of his eight children, was refined and well-educated, in a very different mold from the girl preachers who looked to her for inspiration and support. Eloquent and compelling in speech, articulate and devastatingly logical in writing, she had for over twenty years defended the right of women to preach the gospel on the same terms as men.
At first, Catherine and her husband had shared a ministry as traveling evangelists, but now she was in great demand as a preacher in her own right, especially among the well-to-do. A woman preacher was a rare phenomenon in a world where women had few civil rights, no place in the professions, and only rare ventures into the glare of publicity. Her mother was a model of Victorian piety, a pillar of the local Methodist church and queen of her home, who taught her only daughter the rudiments of education and the duties of middle-class Victorian womanhood.
She began to read voraciously the writings of favorite evangelical authors from both sides of the Atlantic. Charles Finney and James Caughey from the United States, the Wesleys and Adam Clarke from England, helped to bring about first, assurance of her salvation, and then, a growing conviction that in the ideal church women would be free to preach the gospel and share in the Christian ministry alongside men.
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The matter burned in her mind for several years. There seems to have been no conscious thought that she herself would preach, but the lack of freedom for women to exercise spiritual gifts infuriated her—as did the casual way in which women and men alike accepted the status quo. Surely a Christian church that preached a liberating gospel to both men and women could not shackle the female sex in its life and practice.
Her objections began to spill out onto paper; the writings reveal the strong feelings of this shy, young woman. In the s, Catherine met William Booth, a young preacher rapidly making a name for himself with the Methodist New Connexion. As their affection grew toward marriage, Catherine shared with him her emerging convictions.
With an intellect greater than his, she urged him to consider his position on female ministry. I would not encourage one to begin. Although I should not like it. The pamphlet identifies three major principles on which her convictions rested. First, Catherine saw that women are neither naturally nor morally inferior to men. Second, she believed there was no scriptural reason to deny them a public ministry. Third, she maintained that what the Bible urged, the Holy Spirit had ordained and blessed and so must be justified. Women were denied the right to preach—as they were denied every other public office—from a mistaken notion of what the Bible taught about women.
Catherine allowed that the Fall had put women into subjection, as a consequence of sin, but to leave them there was to reject the good news of the gospel. The grace of Christ restored what sin had taken away, so that men and women now were one in Christ.
It was inconceivable to Catherine that the Christian church, the vehicle of the gospel that sets men free, should deny to women the right to exercise a public ministry. She argued that such a denial cannot be supported from the Bible, which, far from forbidding it, clearly urges men and women alike to go into the world with the Good News.
In the United Kingdom, the Salvation Army is no longer the largest nongovernmental provider of social services; however, it still provides a significant service to people in need. This donation was among the larger individual philanthropic gifts ever given to a single organisation. The donation came with certain restrictions that caused some controversy.
The International Congress of the Salvation Army is normally held every 10 years  as a conference for all Salvationists from around the world to meet. The first such conference took place in London, UK, from 28 May to 4 June , and subsequent Congressional meetings were held sporadically until and then Officers are given Marching Orders to change ministries within the Salvation Army.
Usually, officers are given new marching orders every two to five years and reassigned to different posts, sometimes moving great distances. In Russia the Army was founded around  and the Army struggled on until at which point the situation had become extremely challenging. Following political difficulties by the Army withdrew from the country but work still continues in the provinces of Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan. In the Salvation Army was established in Asia with the first outpost in India. The Salvation Army flag is a symbol of the Army's war against sin and social evils.
The red on the flag symbolises the blood shed by Jesus Christ, the yellow for the fire of the Holy Spirit and the blue for the purity of God the Father. In Captain W. Ebdon suggested a logo, and in it was to be found on the letterhead of the Salvation Army Headquarters. The captain's suggested design was changed only slightly and a crown was added. The Red Shield has its origins in Salvation Army work during wartime.
Then, in , this same officer was given the task of establishing the Naval and Military League, the forerunner of the Red Shield Services. Salvation Army officers serving in the Red Shield Services in wartime performed many functions. The Doughnut Girls of World War I are an early example, serving refreshments to troops in the trenches. They also provided first aid stations, ambulances, chaplaincy, social clubs, Christian worship and other front-line services. This symbol is still used in Blue Shield Services that serve the British Armed Forces but it is widely used as a simple, more readily identifiable symbol in many Salvation Army settings.
It is common to see the Red Shield used on casual Salvation Army uniform. It is now official Salvation Army policy in the UK that the red shield should be used as the external symbol of the Salvation Army, with the Crest only being used internally. Therefore, any new Salvation Army building will now have the red shield on the outside rather than the crest which certainly would have been used on its Corps church buildings.
This was "imposed" in the UK by the Senior Management with little or no consultation with members. Not all have welcomed this change. In Australia, the Red Shield has become one of the country's most identified and trusted symbols, leading the Australian Salvation Army to prefer to use this symbol over the logo on its uniform, corps buildings and advertising materials. In the 5th volume of Australian Superbrands it was recorded that "Research reveals that the popular Salvation Army slogan 'Thank God for the Salvos' has almost total recognition amongst the Australian public, achieving 93 per cent aided awareness".
Salvation Army officers, cadets  trainee officers and soldiers often wear uniforms. The idea that they should do so originated with Elijah Cadman , who, at the Salvation Army's "War Congress" in August , said, "I would like to wear a suit of clothes that would let everyone know I meant war to the teeth and salvation for the world". The uniform identifies the wearer as a Salvationist and a Christian.
It also symbolises availability to those in need. The uniform takes many forms internationally but is characterised by the 'S' insignia for 'Salvation' and carries the meaning 'Saved to Serve', or 'Saved to Save'. Different colors and styles represent different ranks including soldiers, cadets, lieutenants, captains, majors, colonels, commissioner, and even the General.
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Characteristics of the uniform vary between ranks where accessories the official term is "trimings" comprise epaulettes and hexagonal lapel patches. Other letters are substituted to conform with local language. The words "The Salvation Army" are woven into the fabric of the uniform as a logo on shirts, blouses and jackets. Since there has been an official Salvation Army tartan. It is based upon the colours of the Salvation Army flag, with which it shares the same symbolism.
It is rarely seen outside Scotland. The Salvation Army has a unique form of salute which involves raising the right hand above shoulder-height with the index finger pointing upwards. It signifies recognition of a fellow citizen of heaven, and a pledge to do everything possible to get others to heaven also. In some instances, the salute is accompanied with a shout of 'hallelujah!
A tradition has developed in the United States in which, in some places, gold coins or rings or bundles of large bills are anonymously inserted into the kettles. This was first recorded in , in Crystal Lake, Illinois , a suburb of Chicago. They are used throughout the year at other fundraising events, such as on National Doughnut Day in the U. On this day, some donut shops that teamed up with the Salvation Army have a red kettle set up for donations.
Each corps has a specific goal chosen for them by DHQ [Divisional Headquarters] which differs based on size and capability . Each year, officers, soldiers, employees and volunteers take to the streets worldwide to participate in door-to-door or street collections. The money raised is specifically channelled towards The Salvation Army's social work in each respective territory. Within the territory defined by the United Kingdom and Ireland UKIT this collection is known as the Annual Appeal, and it often carries another name that the generally public would more readily know — in becoming The Big Collection.
As the popularity of the organisation grew and Salvationists worked their way through the streets of London attempting to convert individuals, they were sometimes confronted with unruly crowds. A family of musicians the Frys, from Alderbury , Wiltshire began working with the Army as their "bodyguards" and played music to distract the crowds.
This was in contravention of local by-laws and resulted in the arrest of 9 Salvationists. Unperturbed the Army continued to parade in defiance of the law, with the aim of gathering support for a change in legislation. Over the next few months the situation in the town escalated to such an extent that there were riots, and mounted police had to be called in from surrounding areas to try and maintain order. The tradition of having musicians available continued and eventually grew into standard brass bands.
These are still seen in public at Army campaigns, as well as at other festivals, parades and at Christmas. Across the world the brass band has been an integral part of the Army's ministry and an immediately recognisable symbol to Salvationists and non-Salvationists alike. The Salvation Army also has choirs; these are known as Songster Brigades , normally comprising the traditional soprano, alto, tenor and bass singers.
The standard of playing is high and the Army operates bands at the international level, such as the International Staff Band a brass band which is the equal of professional ensembles although it does not participate in the brass band contest scene, and territorial levels such as the New York Staff Band. Some professional brass players and contesting brass band personnel have Salvation Army backgrounds. Many Salvation Army corps have brass bands that play at Salvation Army meetings, although not all.
The Salvation Army also fielded large concertina bands. From the turn of the 20th century to the Second World War between a third and a half of all SA officers in Britain played concertina. For an evangelist the concertina's portability, its ability to play both melody and chords, and most especially the fact that the player can sing or speak while playing, were all distinct advantages over brass instruments.
The Army tradition in music is to use the popular idiom of the day to reach people for Jesus. The Army's Joy Strings were a hit pop group in the s and early s in the UK and beyond, reaching the charts and being featured on national television. Another popular band is The Insyderz , an American ska-core group popular in the s and early s.
Saytunes is a website designed to encourage and promote these contemporary Salvation Army bands and artists. Another significant musical feature of the Salvation Army is its use of tambourines. With coloured ribbons representing the colours of the Salvation Army flag, timbrels play an integral facet of music in the Salvation army. They are mainly played by women. In addition to books and magazines, the Salvation Army publishes sheet music  and Facebook groups run by Territories and Corps officers, and unofficial fan groups.
Due to the way in which the Salvation Army is constituted, copyright of some Army publications is vested in the General of The Salvation Army , and not necessarily the original authors. General Bramwell Booth instituted the Order of the Founder on 20 August  and the first awards were made in to one Soldier and 15 Officers. General George Carpenter founded the Order Of Distinguished Auxiliary Service in to express the Salvation Army's gratitude for service given to the organisation by non-Salvationists.
Civil Rights Act of allows it to inquire into people's religious beliefs in its hiring practices. The Salvation Army states that it does not "discriminate against hiring gays and lesbians for the majority of its roughly 55, jobs,"  but it has supported legislation which would allow it to deny employment and federally-funded services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT individuals. In the city of San Francisco enacted a law requiring all companies doing business with the city government to extend domestic benefits to same-sex partners of employees.
This request was denied, and was sharply rebuked by David Smith, then-spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign. The Salvation Army Western Territory approved a plan in October to start offering domestic partnership benefits to employees in same-sex relationships. Focus on the Family founder James Dobson excoriated the Salvation Army for abandoning its "moral integrity" and urged his radio listeners to bombard the organisation's offices with phone calls and letters. In November the Salvation Army US-wide rescinded the Western Territory's decision with an announcement that it would only provide benefits coverage for different-sex spouses and dependent children of its employees.
In , the Salvation Army said that it would close operations in New York City unless it was exempted from a municipal ordinance requiring them to offer benefits to gay employees' partners. The City Council refused to make the exemption. Mayor Michael R. The administration's right to decline to enforce the ordinance was upheld by the New York State Court of Appeals in On 15 December , in Canada, Andrea Le Good noticed a Salvation Army bell-ringer carrying a sign reading "if you support gay rights : please do not donate".
While the bell-ringer claimed he had permission from the charity to wear the sign, Salvation Army spokeswoman Kyla Ferns said that it had no part in the sign, and that the bell-ringer was pulled away immediately when the charity learned about it. The same document also states that there is no scriptural support for the mistreatment of homosexuals. In February , the Salvation Army in the United Kingdom publicly opposed the repeal of Section 28 of the Local Government Act , which prevented local authorities from "intentionally promot[ing] homosexuality".
As well as having a right to be dealt with professionally, people can expect from us encouragement and a respect for their individual beliefs, ambitions and preferences". Before the passing of the Homosexual Law Reform Act by the New Zealand Parliament , the Salvation Army was active throughout New Zealand gathering signatures for a petition seeking to prevent the bill's passing. In , the Army released a statement regretting the ill feelings that persisted following this activity.
It stated in part "We do understand though that The Salvation Army's official opposition to the Reform Bill was deeply hurtful to many, and are distressed that ill-feeling still troubles our relationship with segments of the gay community. We regret any hurt that may remain from that turbulent time and our present hope is to rebuild bridges of understanding and dialogue between our movement and the gay community. The statement does not address any documented news events of discrimination and claims to debunk these events as urban myth.
A positional statement on the Salvation Army UK and Ireland site stated but has since been taken down :. The Salvation Army teaches that sexual acts should take place only in a monogamous heterosexual marriage, believing that this reflects God's intentions for sexual behaviour and provides the best environment for raising children.
The positional statement is, however, intended explicitly for members of the Salvation Army  and the Salvation Army mission statement as of states:. The Salvation Army stands against homophobia, which victimises people and can reinforce feelings of alienation, loneliness and despair. We want to be an inclusive church community where members of the LGBT community find welcome and the encouragement to develop their relationship with God Our international mission statement is very clear on this point when it says we will "meet human needs in [Jesus'] name without discrimination".
Anyone who comes through our doors will be welcomed with love and service, based on their need and our capacity to provide. As of late , activists were still calling on the Salvation Army to change its stance on LGBT issues, citing ongoing discrimination. As of April , the Inclusion page on the official UK website states that the Salvation Army stands against homophobia and does not permit discrimination in its employment practices or delivery of care. During the Christmas season, the Salvation Army in Calgary, Alberta, refused to accept toys based on the Harry Potter and Twilight franchises because of a perceived conflict with the organisation's religious principles.
One volunteer claimed that the toys were destroyed instead of being given to other agencies. The volunteer also criticised the Salvation Army for accepting violence-themed toys such as plastic rifles while not accepting Harry Potter or Twilight toys. A Salvation Army captain said that the toys were given to other organisations, not disposed of.
One captain called the series "a classic story of good winning over evil". The advocacy group called on the public to cease donations to the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army responded that their prisoner visitation program was established over a century ago and that they provided these particular services as contractors to the federal and provincial government, as such no charitable donations were spent on the program.
In , the Salvation Army's New York division was named in a lawsuit filed by 18 current and former employees of its social service arm, claiming that the organisation asked about the religious and sexual habits of employees in programs funded by local and state government. One member claimed the organisation forced them to agree "to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ".
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While the employment-discrimination portion of the lawsuit was dismissed in , government agencies agreed in a settlement to set up monitoring systems to ensure that the Army did not violate church-state separation in its publicly funded projects. The organisation did not dispute allegations that nine-year-olds in a city-funded foster care program were put through a "confirmation-like" ceremony, where they were given Bibles and prayed over.
From the s to the s the Salvation Army in Australia sheltered approximately 30, children. In the Australian division of the Salvation Army acknowledged that sexual abuse may have occurred during this time and issued an apology. In it, the Army explicitly rejected a claim, made by a party unnamed in the apology, that there were as many as potential claimants. The investigation also examined the Salvation Army's processes in investigating, disciplining, removing and transferring anyone accused of or found to have engaged in child sexual abuse in these homes.
The Royal Commission published a case study report on the findings and recommendations for one of the above-mentioned case studies. The Salvation Army is only briefly shown or discussed in these movies such as a bell ringer on the corner in the movie Maid in Manhattan , and briefly mentioned in Batman Begins. One of the films included was a documentary called Inauguration of the Australian Commonwealth.
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Retrieved 24 April Retrieved 11 April Retrieved 20 November Some Christian charities seem to believe so — Sarah Ditum". Her own call became stronger and stronger. She read through her Bible, marking every place a woman is mentioned. At the end of her study, she was "convinced of the fact that God, being no respecter of persons, had not overlooked the women, but that he had a great work for them to do. In the absence of a pastor one Sunday, Woosley preached her first sermon.
After that, her call became irrepressible. She was ordained in by the Nolin Presbytery, becoming the first woman ordained as minister in any Presbyterian denomination and the first woman ordained in any Reformed tradition in America. For the next thirty years, her ordination was a source of great controversy within the Kentucky synod.
Her ministry was marked by courage and tenacity in the face of harsh discrimination. At the age of sixteen, Diffee became the youngest revivalist in the country. In , she was ordained as senior pastor of a Nazarene church in Amity, Arkansas, and went on to pastor First Nazarene in Little Rock. In twenty years, her congregation grew from under to over 1, McPherson was already a widow at nineteen while serving as a missionary in China. She began her ministry as a traveling evangelist. McPherson and her mother eventually settled in Los Angeles to establish a permanent ministry.
McPherson captured the attention of the media; she became one of the most widely photographed people at the time. She is considered the first celebrity pastor. Inspired by her Salvation Army roots, McPherson required every church member to be involved in charitable work. During the Great Depression, the Angelus Temple fed 1. To get the gospel around the world in the shortest possible time to every man and woman and boy and girl! Join us in celebrating these courageous women of faith—today and every other day!
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