Prayer Vigil for Women’s Ordination at St Stephen’s

01 Oct

PRAYER-VIGILSt Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 152 Wakefield Street, Adelaide, has a prayer vigil on the day of the debate on women’s ordination (Friday 2nd October, 2015).  Sorry for the late notice.  It will be held from 9am until 7pm.  Consider joining the vigil to pray for our Church, for our women, for our leadership and for delegates from around Australia and New Zealand. Thanks to St Stephen’s Working Party on Women’s Ordination for organising the day.

Further news, (thanks, Jeff): Doctor Andrew Pfeiffer has been elected Assistant Bishop.  The politics of that is interesting.  Doctor Pfeiffer went to Concordia Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN, USA (a seminary of the Lutheran Church – MIssouri Synod), to study for his doctorate.  Ever since, he has strongly opposed women’s ordination.  While at this stage he does not exercise much influence on this matter, in our opinion it is not healthy to sit too close to the LC-MS, which has removed clergy from their role of pastors for publicly supporting the ordination of women. Matthew Becker example  (Type “LCMS” into the search field of this blog – top right – for more on LCMS.)

Then there’s this official tweet today: “ requested that CTICR study the scriptural and theological understanding of subordination and the role of male headship in marriage”.  Sigh!  Male headship?  Are we really that out of touch with our world?   What a huge waste of energy!   CTICR studies its subject matter in fine detail and there will be months and months of discussion and debate.  It would seem more appropriate to be discussing how the LCA might offer leadership against the obscenity of The Coalition and Labor’s common platform of stopping the boats, or on climate change.

Synod has agreed to commit more resources to keeping children safe – a good initiative against domestic violence!   We understand that some people are maintaining that it’s still okay to hit children.  Ah, well!  Change comes slowly, but you knew that, especially if you are a woman in the LCA.

The #lcasynod Twitter feed today has mostly been official updates.  If you are at Synod your perspectives via Twitter would be appreciated.  Just include the following: “#lcasynod”  (without the quotation marks)


Posted by on October 1, 2015 in politics


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8 responses to “Prayer Vigil for Women’s Ordination at St Stephen’s

  1. Dingo

    October 2, 2015 at 1:11 am

    So I might now be subordinate in work, society, the church AND my home? Awesome, thanks LCA! Is there any other way you want to let me know I am ‘less than’?

    • Katie and Martin

      October 2, 2015 at 8:50 am

      To be fair, the outcome of this study may not support gender power structures within the home. It is a worry, however, at this time of looking at violence against children and domestic violence on the secular national level, that the LCA is even looking at the matter. Headship has eternally been used as a justification for domestic violence.

  2. jhunt944

    October 2, 2015 at 7:21 am

    How sad to read that the synod is now focussing on household headship. Perhaps the LCA will have to wait until the CTICR decides that wives need not subordinate themselves to their husband’s headship before the question of women as church leaders can even be discussed… heart breaks for this little church in Australia.

    And if the bishops and synod are worried about a church split if a WO vote goes ahead and end up having no vote at all, they might need to get used to this church becoming a VERY little church.

    • Katie and Martin

      October 2, 2015 at 9:02 am

      It does make us wonder about the culture of the LCA. It seems that the Church is stuck in a society from the middle of the twentieth century. A personal piety focused on headship and issues of sexuality is not one that engages with pressing issues of today in Australia.

  3. janine

    October 2, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    how on earth does a family have only one head? what an anachronistic idea.

    • Katie and Martin

      October 2, 2015 at 7:55 pm

      Thanks, Vegan. Our prayer is that the CTICR finally lays headship to rest

  4. John Miller

    October 4, 2015 at 5:39 am


    So what happens when people with opposing views pray to the same god?

    Answer: the side with control of the voting system wins.

    Probably best to pray to yourself. At least you know someone is listening.

    • Katie and Martin

      October 5, 2015 at 3:04 pm

      This community of people believes in a redemptive God. The authors believe that as the Church is composed of sinners it is possible that our doctrines and stances may be in a state of sin. We believe that human institutions and their policies will, from time to time, need regeneration. This is one of those moments.


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