It is no longer a matter of discussing theology, for that was decided years ago. It is no longer a case of bringing two opposing sides of the debate together for that has not happened in good faith – with an embargo on letters to The Lutheran on the matter – and does not recognise the enormous theological basis and support for women’s ordination. It is not a matter of waiting for a consensus process to be complete for that has been restricted to five men and has yet to commence. It is a matter of politics and sociology. It is an issue that brings conservatives into tension with progressives. As such, action is needed to bring about change.
All indications are that normal processes have been stymied. There has been conversation, debate, national Bible studies, travelling presentations, CTICR studies and resolutions, a Symposium, directives to commence a process of consensus making from Synod, and all have been ignored by current Church leadership.
The time for women’s ordination is now. We cannot wait for further decades of circular debate under the current style of leadership. We cannot continue being complicit in the message that women are not as gifted as men.
Consider forming a group in your congregation to partner with St Stephen’s Working Party on Women’s Ordination. Consider increasing the pressure by taking action, so that Australian Lutherans can be served also by called and gifted women.
We owe it to our daughters that they experience the total embrace of Jesus in this denomination as much as men. It won’t happen by trusting and waiting. The last two decades have proven that.
Postscript – 16th January, 2012
There has been a growth in numbers of pastors who have joined the Facebook group, Pastors of the Lutheran Church of Australia in support of Womens Ordination. Without pastors supporting women’s ordination the cause could never achieve the required votes at General Synod. We live in interesting days.