Female Jet Pilot? Sure. Preacher? No.

21 Apr

Rev Susan Sparks, New York, New York

From Rev Susan Spark’s blog on Huffington Post:

One third of the U.S. Supreme Court justices are women; more than fifty female astronauts have traveled into space; and forty-one women have won the Nobel Peace Prize. But place a woman in a pulpit and blood pressure and eyebrows immediately begin to rise; rise, that is, within the religious tradition of my upbringing: the Southern Baptists.
It’s not so different in the LCA.  We have women doctors, lecturers, CEO’s, social workers, therapists, lawyers, singers, school principals, administrators, counselors, accountants, translators, missionaries  … and yet women are not fit for the pulpit.  Lord forgive us. If it was the post-war 1950’s, when the two Synods were discussing union, it would be understandable, but the 21st Century is another matter.

Posted by on April 21, 2012 in sociology


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3 responses to “Female Jet Pilot? Sure. Preacher? No.

  1. lcamyopinion

    April 22, 2012 at 3:09 am

    ok…i used to be in favour of WO but now i’m not so sure. She is WAY too hot to be a pastor. It cant be good. 😛

  2. PIchi

    April 22, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Of course, we’ve stopped using pulpits now, too? With microphones and/or small congregations, there isn’t the need for the old-fashioned way of amplifying sound: standing up high in the pulpit. 😉

    • Katie and Martin

      April 23, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      Ha. Remember those high German pulpits above the altar in far flung country congregations? For a while that was the only place that pulpits could go – for some people. (Truth is a slippery thing in time.)


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