Free But Not Free

08 Sep

What if women’s ordination gets up at the coming LCA National Convention in Rochedale?

After the celebrations the next phase will be the delay before ordination.

To our knowledge there has been negligible preparation for a positive vote.  Bishop Henderson however has issued a warning that it will take some time for the LCA to prepare for WO – despite the generations of discussion.  Despite a potential positive vote women will still be in the wilderness, presumably for a number of years.

The delay will be akin to the granting of freedom to British slaves in 1833.  It took five extra years until 1838 for for “enslaved men, women, and children in the British Empire to finally became fully free after a period of forced apprenticeship following the passing of the Slavery Abolition Act in 1833.” link  Despite it being a huge moral victory, 46 000 British slave owners, mainly in the West Indies, still had to be paid off for losing their slaves. link   Why is it that the oppressed are forced to pay for the institutions’ lethargy in facing issues of justice?

Ironically, the ELCA this year celebrates 45 years of women’s ordination.  Other protestant churches have also been ordaining women for many years.


Posted by on September 8, 2015 in history, women's ordination


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2 responses to “Free But Not Free

  1. lcamyopinion

    September 8, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    The vulnerable, the marginalised, the voiceless… these are always the one sacrificed on the alter of political expedience. Thats what it is… politics. Not Godliness. The ruling council may like to call themselves “Bishops” believing that their role is pastoral. But they remain “Presidents” and act politically. .

    • Katie and Martin

      September 9, 2015 at 8:11 pm

      I think that’s a fair comment. If they were pastoral they would offer pastoral leadership on contentious issues. Currently leadership simply encourages a gentle debate and listening to everyone. Where are the prophetic voices laying out the way ahead? The LCA has been a spineless institution on issues of justice apart from the rights of the unborn. Where is the LCA’s voice today on insisting that Australia opens its doors to many more asylum seekers from Syria?


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