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The LCA has already crossed the Rubicon

01 Jul

Caesar crossing the Rubicon

The Rubicon was crossed with women’s ordination in the LCA when General Synod approved the vote for women.

Voting is the symbol of a participatory democracy, where every voter exercises authority. When women vote at Synod on issues of theology and doctrine, they -in partnership with all other voters – are exercising authority over the Church.

When the LCA General Synod gave women the vote at Synod they gave women the power – via their vote – to exercise authority.

Those who opposed the vote at the time did it exactly on the basis of arguments that said a woman should not exert authority over a man.

The Synod did not agree. And in giving women the vote have in effect declared that the pauline texts relating to women and authority are not to be taken as ones that are able to prevent women exercising authority in within the Lutheran Church today.

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