On my Facebook yesterday I asked the question, “How have you been affected by attitudes in the church towards women?” A flurry of comments quickly showed up as well as an email from an old friend telling of her experiences.
Today I met someone who briefly mentioned that she used to be a part of a faith community that taught that women are created to fulfill the role of helping their husband attain their vision.
Tonight on Facebook one of my FB friends asked this question:
Mike Hutchinson wants to know what you think — can women be pastors / elders, or is this role reserved for men?
That’s not all folks. Surfing around a bit visiting some blogs I sometimes read I came upon this recent entry from blogger Jonathon Brink:
And when we oppress women by cutting out their voices, their participation, and their calling to leadership we have in essence cut ourselves off from the whole picture of our own humanity. We have oppressed ourselves. We are missing the half that is part of us.
For all of us, it is time to end this oppression against women so restore not for their sake but for ours as well. And when we do we can rediscover the whole image of humanity and of God in our midst. (from Jonathon Brink)
There certainly seems to suddenly be some storm clouds gathering in regard to the tension and conflict of gender equity within the four corners of Christendom.
Which leads me to ask the question here: How have you been affected by how women are treated in the church?