Utah's Episcopalians have gone on record in support of the right of women to work, to be paid an equal wage and to have equal opportunity for advancement in the workplace.The item was among social issues discussed during the Episcopal Diocese of Utah's 83rd diocesan convention held last weekend in Salt Lake City. Delegates also urged the church to look further at the needs of women in the 1980s and explore appropriate programs.

The group also directed the church's Alcohol and Drug Awareness Commission to develop educational programs on the dangers of casual drug use, including abuse of prescription drugs.

The convention also authorized creation of a funded commission to be known as the AIDS Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah. Earlier in the convention, clergy of the diocese attended a panel discussion in which medical, public health and pastoral care workers reviewed the health, social, psychological, spiritual and theological implications of AIDS and the unique challenges of meeting the spiritual needs of AIDS patients and their families.

On Sunday, Bonnie Joia Roddy, Sandy, was ordained a deacon of the church. Deacon Roddy has completed three years of study at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, Calif., and will serve her diaconate at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City.