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20 January 2017

The Revd Bernice Broggio writes:

I KNEW the Revd Dr Una Kroll (Obituary, 13 January) in the ’60s and ’70s. In the ’70s she wrote about discrimination and told us about being denied credit for a cooker without the signature of her husband or male relative: Leo was then unemployed; she was the bread winner. I had a similar experience.

In 1978, she organised an act of witness outside Westminster Abbey, when the Bishops came to Lambeth. A picture of this was in The Times and the Church Times. I had my black Labrador bitch in a clerical collar and a sign that read “12 years in the ministry — but only the dog gets the collar!”

Later that year, when the Synod voted for the ordination of women in Houses and it failed in the House of Clergy, and she shouted, “We asked for bread, and you gave us a stone — long live God!”, it shocked not just the Synod, but those with her: we had not been expecting it.

Una had many contacts and the ear of influential people. In the early 80s she asked me if I wanted to go
to Canada to be ordained. I chose not to, wanting to fight the cause
in England. She, of course, sup­ported Movement for the Ordin­ation of Women in the Cause, but did most of her campaigning in­­dependently

In the ’80s, I was in Bristol, part of a strong MOW Group; we did visit Una when she was a Tyn Mawr sister in Monmouth.

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