The President of the LCA, pastor Mike Semmler, has declared on various occasions that women’s ordination will not occur on his watch. Why does that make me feel just a little uneasy?What are the implications for the democratic process within the LCA? What faith should delegates have in the process when voting at General Synod?
It appears that Semmler has immersed himself very successfully in the political adversarial system. Those who were at the Toowoomba General Synod, 2009, remember vividly how he insisted that those who considered women’s ordination might cause dis-harmony in the Church should vote, ‘No’. This lines up very well with his, “Not on my watch” attitude. Making it even more difficult to reach the 66% target, those delegates who were not present at the vote had their vote counted with the ‘No’ vote.
Of course, the President has never made his views public on women’s ordination. You can’t help but love the Church!
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