Saint John the Evangelist (Lockport, IL)

Monday, July 11, 2005

The Ministry of Women in the Church of England

The Church of England (the Mother Chruch) is going through its own difficult times in that they are going to begin, it seems, to ask the government to remove all legal impediments to the ordination of women bishops. Just as we in the Episcopal Church are facing difficult times, so is the CofE. Over the weekend there has been a threat of mass defections by clergy as their General Synod is meeting. For an interesting read on Women in the New Testament, I am linking to this published talk by the Bishop of Durham, N.T. Wright.

I was surprised and delighted by it. +Wright has indicated, according to some discussion (read the comments on the main article) over on Thinking Anglicans, that he believes women should be ordained to all three historic orders of the Church.

Another reason to read the paper by +Wright is to learn of recent insights into the main passages from Paul's letters dealing with women. These are the passages that many people use to say that they don't like Paul, that he put down women, etc. I learned a lot from this paper and it has given me some pointers for futher study in other areas.

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When we pray in our services for all bishops and all other ministers, I hope we are including all bishops and ministers: American, Canadian, British, et. al.

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