Monthly Archives: April 2012

‘The Chrysalids’ speaks to the LCA

Sometimes fiction speaks truth.

The following is from the final chapter of The Chrysalids, when the rescuer from the more advanced civilisation comes to rescue those who the fundamentalists seek to destroy because they are different,

‘Neither his kind, nor his kind of thinking will survive long. They are the crown of creation, they are ambition fulfilled – they have nowhere more to go. But life is change, that is how it differs from the rocks, change is its very nature. Who, then, were the recent lords of creation, that they should expect to remain unchanged?

‘The living form defies evolution at its peril; if it does not adapt, it will be broken.  The idea of completed man is the supreme vanity; the finished image is a sacrilegious myth.

‘The old people brought down Tribulation, and were broken into fragments by it.  Your father and his kind are a part of those fragments .  They have become history without being aware of it.  They are determined still that there is a final form to defend: soon they will attain the stability they strive for, in the only form it is granted – a place among the fossils….’

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Posted by on April 13, 2012 in sociology


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Rev. Malcolm Boyd: Who’s Afraid of Female Priests?


Rev. Malcolm Boyd: Who’s Afraid of Female Priests?.

In Christian art, including Michelangelo and Hollywood biblical films, the maleness of God has long been highlighted. Seldom has there been a depiction of deity or spiritual strength that remotely suggested a woman like Eleanor Roosevelt or Marian Anderson, Helen Keller or Barbara Jordan.

However, extraordinary change was in the air in July 1974 when 11 women shattered tradition by being ordained Episcopal priests. Ironically, I became involved when invited — as a male — to write a cover story about it for groundbreaking Ms. Magazine. From my perspective, by following the anthropomorphism that depicted God as male, the church failed in its witness to God and came close to committing institutional suicide. The idea of receiving the Host from the hand of a woman apparently confronts some people with grave difficulties. Could this stem from the life experience of praying “Our Father who art in heaven” while one was mentally on one’s knees before a male God? Was the male priest before whom one knelt in church to receive Holy Communion a surrogate figure of a familiar bearded and patriarchal God?

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Further Censorship of The Lutheran

Pastor Mike Semmler, President of the LCA

Good reader, you will remember how The Lutheran has been barred from publishing any Letters to the Editor on women’s ordination … the latest is that Pastor Mike Semmler has barred The Lutheran from publishing any notices or advertisements about the coming Conference on women’s ordination that will be held at ALC.  (More information to come shortly.)

This is an intriguing situation.  While the previous President, Pastor Lance Steicke encouraged open conversation on the matter in order that the Church might find a resolution to this vital matter, Pastor Mike Semmler, the incumbent, seemingly does whatever it takes to stop the conversation.


Posted by on April 2, 2012 in politics


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