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ALL SAINTS – women’s ordination conference

07 Nov

Logo for ALL SAINTS and Time to Soar conferences. Image by Ray Kempe

St Peter’s Lutheran Church, Indooroopilly hosted the ALL SAINTS women’s ordination conference this last weekend.  Around 60 LCA members from Qld, Vic and S.A. attended with many pastors.

It seems in Qld that LCA membership quietly ignores the decrees that emanate from certain offices in S.A.  Women regularly preach in a number of churches (which also happens, by necessity, in various congregations around Australia), and women fill various LCA positions as chaplains and counsellors, serving God who showers grace upon grace. Up until now, Qld has had many women and men supportive of women’s ordination but no group or congregation that found hope enough to form a group to take action about the way women are excluded from pastoral leadership in our Church.

That has changed!  Stand-by for action.

While we respect those who don’t support women’s ordination, we don’t support their wish to impose their minority will on the rest of the Church.  We are a mature and broad Church that can tolerate diversity under the Confessions.  We will not tolerate narrow thinking that excludes people who may be different to the mythical orthodox Lutheran.

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Posted by on November 7, 2012 in politics, women's ordination

 

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6 responses to “ALL SAINTS – women’s ordination conference

  1. Sandra

    November 8, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Amen. Amen.
    So let it be written. So let it be done.

     
  2. Andor

    November 10, 2012 at 5:16 am

    Waiting for the ‘Howzat!!!’ in our cricket match.

     
  3. Katie and Martin

    November 10, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    🙂 … or “Let the games begin”. The truth is that this is a huge issue, and we’re fighting for the survival of many people in our Church, while making light of it helps our sanity. For many years LCA membership was listed as 80 000, it’s now recorded as 60 000, but we understand that there’s only around 26 000 in LCA churches on Sundays. If the LCA doesn’t undergo radical change it will cease to exist in any meaningful way in years not so distant. Insisting on some 1950’s understanding of Church polity is no longer useful for the future of the Church.
    Meanwhile, captains and umpire take the field at 10am for the coin toss.

     
  4. martin

    November 10, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    I think the last paragraph is a bit strident & perhaps a “red rag to a bull” as far as opponents of our cause are concerned. Let’s trust the Holy Spirit to lead our antagonists, as I’m sure many of them do, and maybe on both sides of the fence, we will be surpised at the outcome.
    I’m concerned that this kind of stridency will only entrench our opponents & encourage them to stop their ears when it comes to listening to our side of the argument.

    Having said all that, as a qlder, I heartily agree that Qld is in some ways a better place for the LCA than SA, indeed to be a Lutheran, a little less establishment, though nothing is perfect under the sun.

     

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