David Brider (davidbrider) wrote,
David Brider
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Women bishops

Okay, am I allowed a rant?

I mean, yes, okay, there's that bit in the Bible where Paul says that a woman shouldn't be in a position of leadership over a man. He should see my marriage... And that passage has been debated to death, and if I'm honest about it I don't actually know where I stand on it.

And there's loads of people who say that the church should be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century (well, someone on a 'phone-in on the radio this morning said the 22nd century - Freudian slip or deliberate?), and should modernise and be relevant.

And then somewhere in the middle, there's people like me. For me, being a Christian is essentially about trying to stay faithful to the calling which (I believe) God has placed on my life. And I hope the same is true for other Christians. Certainly I believe that ought to be true for Christians who are in some form of ordained ministry; whatever title you want to give it - whether you're a minister, a vicar, a pastor, a bishop, an archbishop, a deacon, one of the various ranks in the Salvation Army, whatever you're doing isn't about a career, it's about being called by God to serve the people within your denomination (or, indeed, beyond it).

And I've met many wonderful women whom God has called into a position of ordained ministry or some other teaching or preaching position within their denomination. And I honestly think - if their denomination can't recognise that calling, or places a limit on the extent to which they can recognise it...that's really sad.

I consider myself really grateful that I'm part of the Methodist church, where although we don't have bishops and archbishops, we've had women in various positions of leadership, from ministers of individual churches, up through superintendent ministers, chairs of district, to vice-president and president of conference. The world hasn't self-destructed as a result. I really hope that the C of E can one day take that step forward.

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