Today I'm thinking about women within the church. There has in the past been people working on women's issues within national instruments and on a local level. Today only ICC still has people working on women's issues.
I wonder if there is a desire for more action around women's issues within the church and if so what form would this take. Would it be a traditional network within CTBI and if so what would its agenda cover?
Would it look at social issues for women - the rise in traficking, the links between poverty and domestic abuse or would it look at women's status within the church and offer space for theological reflection?
I'd be interested to hear your thoughts and feelings on this issue.
How about contacting the Women's Interfaith network?
Thank you - that's a really good suggestion.
Sounds great Ruth. I think it should be a combination of all the above. With regards to women's status within the church, it would be interesting to have some thoughts about the perceptions of single women in ministry. Also some thoughts about women as unpaid carers of family/ friends.
I think the Mothers Union has already covered the subjects you mention - contact them?
It seems to me that there are many articles/talks/letters to church based newsletters on this subject. The puzzle is why isn't there far more progress?
Have you noticed that while Luke, in Acts, names all the men present in that room he only names one women, yet tells us there were others, That says there is a long tradition to break down,
Have you read why a Bishop in Oz was sacked? Writing about the role of women in the Church as he sees it.
Trying to think of the name of the bishop in Oz. The early Church fathers certainly didn't help with their views of women. ((It's hard to be the Devils Gateway!!?) If we are to be a truly inclusive church we need to break down the stereotypes and long held traditions.
But how to encourage progress and respect individual difference? You're right that there seems to be a wealth of information out there. I wonder if it's about bringing some of it together and looking at what it would mean to be "inclusive" and what that would mean for individual identity.
!/ I think it was a RC Archbishop which I saw reported in a recent Catholic Justice and Peace email/report
It did say how it was easier to sack Archbishops than Bishops. Of course I can't find that issue now.
2/ The same reports have regular features on women's matters - maybe these could help get women who
3/ There was a report of an excellent speech by another RC - she really went to town on the matter of men
being i/c and restricting women. It was rather lengthy but I will try to find it but it won't fit into these replies.
Point 3/ - I found the web link
"Women in the Church – Thoughts from a Laywoman"
Thank you for that - that really helps me out. A very good starting point and really shows the depth of feeling for some of these issues. Thanks again.
Just found this and thought it might be of interest although rather old
Thanks Syd for the article " Women in the church....." Very insightful into the RC situation. Very helpful. What a fount of knowledge you are!
Ruth, I am reflecting on your comment about part of inclusivity being about respecting individual differences. Thanks for raising that point.