St 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)