We were not so different in Australia. In Queensland, South Sea Islanders were blackbirded (perhaps ‘kidnapping’ and ‘press-ganged’ will be understood by more people) into enforced labour in the Qld canefields during the mid to late 19th Century. They were repatriated in 1906-08 by the Australian government. Ref: Wikipedia. It was slavery by another name. Australians grew wealthy on enforced labour and on stolen land from Aboriginal people.
It’s always interesting to note the religious justifications for racism and slavery, and any injustice. Women’s marginalisation is no different.
Those of us who work with gifted women, who have sat under the scholarship of women theologians and who have experienced the pastoral care of female chaplains and pastors, are dismayed at the continuing dismissal of women’s ordination in the LCA. It is every woman’s civil right to be given the same respect as men. It is difficult to believe that 50 years after the US civil rights movement, and 45 years after Aborigines were granted full Federal citizenship, that LCA women are still deemed lacking for ordained ministry.
What is it that you might do to raise awareness of the lack of recognition of women in the LCA?
Please leave your comment and suggest what people might do to bring about change.
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