Pr Mike Semmler has just announced that he will not stand again for the position of President of the LCA.
It is difficult to believe that this era of staunch resistance to women’s ordination may be over (2000-2013). While there may always be people who are distressed by the idea of women’s ordination (though other churches’ experience is that concerns fade once people experience the pastoral care of women), there was no more an important position than that of President of the LCA in opposing women’s ordination. The position was used to delay, stifle and ignore discussion in the CTICR and in the national journal, as well as cling to the Church’s ‘current position’, repressing further debate, thereby clinging to the current position. How was change ever going to come unless there was open debate?
Of course, it remains to be seen who will stand for the position, but Synod delegates would presumably be twice shy about who it elects to this position, which, we have learnt, is an incredibly powerful one in guiding or sidelining issues within the Church.
Please include the election of our national president in your prayers.