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25 Nov

Mike Scott of The Water Boys

There was a time when:

Women were property,
girls were a financial burden,
women could not inherit or own property,
women were considered financially unproductive,

and today in India, foeticide is still evident by the decreasing female:male ratio.

And now, this is time when:

Women are equal but cannot lead at the front of church,
women can lead corporations, but not congregations,
women can speak on behalf of a nation but not on behalf of Jesus,
girls are told to follow their dream, except in pastoral care.

Things have changed but still the hatred of girls and women continues.

It’s time to be open.  Open to the change that is already here.

OPEN – Source

Open to the world
open to spirit
open to the changing wind
open to touch
open to nature
open to the world within
open to change
open to adventure
open to the new
open to love
open to miracles
open Beloved to You

Open to learn
open to laughter
open to being blessed
open to joy
open to service
open to saying “Yes !”
open to risk
open to passion
to peace and silence too
open to love
open to beauty
open Beloved to You

Written: Mike Scott, Taos, New Mexico December 1992
Appears: On “Still Burning”

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3 Comments

Posted by on November 25, 2012 in sociology, theology, women's ordination

 

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3 responses to “Open

  1. Morven R. Baker

    November 25, 2012 at 3:23 am

    What a wonderful post. Today I celebrate 40 years of being married to a wonderful man who, the day I married him, cut the chains attaching me to legalism and a “woman’s place” …. he has encouraged me to preach, teach and serve, with no restrictions, and has been my equal as a parent, spouse, gardener & keeper of the kitchen pans! This is what the LORD desired when he created men & women to be partners in everything.

     
  2. gemmie

    November 25, 2012 at 3:47 am

    Well said!

     
  3. Katie and Martin

    November 25, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Thanks Morven and gemmie.
    Morven, many, many congratulations on your significant anniversary of 40 years union with your husband. You seem to have been an enormous blessing in each others lives.

    I wonder if we haven’t yet framed the discussion effectively? What stories do we need to tell to demonstrate that this discussion goes beyond first century palestine?

     

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