Saturday, January 14, 2012

men + women = church

I have the interesting pleasure of serving as a librarian at the theological library of a small seminary. I love my job, which includes working with people and books, two of my favorite things. I also get to engage in fascinating and thought-provoking chapel services and casual conversations on campus. In the year and a half or so that I have been here, the issue of women's ordination has been mentioned often. Since arriving at this little Anglican seminary and working in its library, I have had to really examine and explore my views and opinions about this topic as people far more knowledgeable in theology have inspired me to ask questions and seek out answers. Throughout this process, I have uncovered within myself a passionate support for equality among the sexes, especially within the Christian faith. I believe that a woman can lead a church as well as a man, that men and women were created to be equal, to be partners. I believe in supporting and uplifting women, hearing and listening to their voices, and their potential for incredible leadership. We are all children of God. When we silence women, we silence half of God's church.

Some of the resources about this topic that I love are...

This is a great blog published by Christianity Today for Christian women. It covers a variety of topics. I highly recommend browsing their archive. There's some great, fun, thought-provoking stuff here.

I love this group's mission statement: CBE affirms and promotes the biblical truth that all believers—without regard to gender, ethnicity or class—must exercise their God-given gifts with equal authority and equal responsibility in church, home and world.

These two resources have been incredibly helpful as I search for more information and continue to sharpen my own opinions. I highly recommend them!

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