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The elephant in the room

Queen Elizabeth II with Bangladesh’s Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Trinidad and Tobago’s Kamla Persad-Bissessar. Picture: Patrick Hamilton Source: Herald Sun

This photo from CHOGM is another significant demonstration of women’s leadership today. Check an earlier post on the Qld floods.

Apart from significant women’s leadership, the Queen’s message to delegates was pertinent. Here’s how the Herald Sun reported it.

Opening the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, the Queen surprised many delegates by directly reminding them they represented people and not just governments, and calling for “positive and enduring” results.

It could have been directed at leadership and delegates at General Synod in the LCA.

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2011 in sociology

 

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Royals to crown women – one less pillar of sexism

Yesterday’s announcement from CHOGM in Perth, that the Commonwealth is to scrap laws barring first-born daughters from ascending to the throne, is one less card in the house of sexism and misogyny that came as baggage from ancient days.

At the time of Jesus it was normal to minimise women, to the point of ignoring them when counting people (Matthew 14:13-21).  Today, such attitudes are unacceptable. In a myriad ways, the position of women has advanced (consider the position of women in Australian political leadership today), but sadly, LCA leadership clings to pre-war notions of women’s position in the Church.

Just as it is inappropriate to maintain male superiority in the British Royal Family, it is increasingly contradictory and destructive to LCA morale and membership to attempt to maintain a theology of male superiority, while at the same time proclaiming Jesus’ grace to the whole world.

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Check out the recent blog “In search of the picture of biblical womanhood“.  It’s a tough reminder of how women were viewed in the Old and New Testament and then a reminder of the grace that Jesus showed women.

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Posted by on October 29, 2011 in sociology, theology

 

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