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.