Monday, 5 May 2014

Let's celebrate!

There's already been quite a lot of reaction to the  Reform press release on the twenty year celebration of the ordination of women priests. It is full of silly and weak arguments which can't really even be dignified by the word "argument"- they are more whiny petulant comments along the lines of "why aren't we celebrating the women who make the tea after service? Apparently they are not worth it! Why aren't we celebrating men? Apparently they are not worth it! 

The greatest revelation for me is that it is women who are responsible for keeping the church roof on. No really, it is our heroic efforts which keep it where it is (it must say so somewhere in the bible...)

"Every day hundreds of thousands of women serve their church families; they serve the sick , the elderly, the housebound (etc)... they ensure the roof stays on..."

There you go. Let me never hear it said that Reform is sexist after that testament to the keeping-the-roof-on abilities of women. Let's have a service to celebrate!

Arch druid Eileen sends it up better than I can here.

A church with no women

5 comments:

  1. That ungracious, whining press release will have done Reform no favours at all in other people's eyes. For an organisation with only 1700 members they have an inflated idea of their own importance. Grrr!

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  2. Like many fanatics they lack a sense of perspective and an ability to see themselves through the eyes of others.

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  3. ‘It is full of silly and weak arguments which can't really even be dignified by the word "argument"- they are more whiny petulant comments along the lines of "why aren't we celebrating the women who make the tea after service? Apparently they are not worth it! Why aren't we celebrating men? Apparently they are not worth it!’

    But aren’t petulant comments the bread and butter of many of conservative brethren? One thing I’ve noticed commenting on the blogs with some of our conservative friends, is that they have a habit of getting caught up in parenthesis and exceptions (see: comments section on this post for an example - http://godandpoliticsuk.org/2014/02/20/whos-the-us-david-bowie-wants-scotland-to-stay-with/).

    In fact one of the problems that face many Evangelicals is that they just whinge all the time – they are constantly sniping at each other – something which explains the proliferation of evangelical/conservative groups: schism is a way of life. I think that is why things pink are such a hot topic for them: they give a semblance of unity to something which is far from unified or whole...

    Of course it is their idolatry that is the real problem: ‘The Bible’ (or a high selective way of reading the Bible) has become their idol. They have rejected the Anglican way of Scripture, tradition and REASON.

    DISESTABLISHMENT! When do we want it? NOW!

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  4. I won't let Reform rain on my parade - the service at St Paul's was lovely. Much warmer, friendlier, and less formal than I expected. For once I felt affirmed by the Church - an all too rare experience.

    Archbishop Welby served the woman celebrant as deacon, and was robed in a dalmatic - not stole, cope or mitre. But the Bishop of London, who has never supported women's ordination, processed in a magnificent cope and mitre and with his pastoral staff. What a contrast. But at the administration of communion, everyone on the platform took bread or wine and went off to serve the people. Except Chartres (Bp of London), who sat on the platform in solitary state, looking disgruntled. Nice reversal there!

    Iffy Vicar

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  5. I am glad you enjoyed it. I would never let Reform rain on any parade.

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