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Is sexism the original sin of the church?

Is sexism the original sin of the church?

HuffPost’s podcast All Together takes a look at the consecration of Libby Lane as the first female bishop in the Church of England.  In this episode, to help him understand the continuing sexism in the Christian Church, Raushenbush spoke with four extraordinary women: the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church Katharine Jefforts Schori, the recent US ambassador for Religious Freedom the Rev. Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook, The President of Union Theological Seminary, The Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, and the one and only Sister Joan Chittister.

From HuffPost

Recently, Rev. Libby Lane was consecrated as Bishop of Stockport making her the first woman Bishop in the Church of England. The stain glass ceiling break-through only occurred after years of debate and still, at her consecration, a priest stood and objected. In Orthodox Christianity, the Roman Catholic Church and in some Protestant denominations, women are not allowed to serve as pastors or priests. Pope Francis, who has been so open on many issues, has slammed the door shut to any debate on women serving as priests.

Given that women surrounded Jesus during his ministry, were the last to stay with Jesus at the cross, and the first to see him resurrected; it appears clear that Jesus believed in the spiritual power and perception of women. So, why does the church not hold women in the same esteem as did Jesus, the founder and center of the faith?

 

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Emily Windsor

Personally, I don't see anything in the New Testament in which Jesus establishes his Covenant (of sacrifice and amendments to Law to make Law more fair) about Hierarchy.

That's a Vatican apparition, hierarchy is. But also within Vatican dogma is that of the Saints and the Ascension of Mary, to whom Catholics pray continually. Women Saints are taken seriously, there.

Our Church has no lady-saints who are taken as serious and humble role-models, professors of the Faith. Our denomination bought deeply into the doctrine of patriarchy.

Now, with almost no lady-saints to serve as exemplars for women, we are consecrating women in the Church into primarily male offices of leadership, planning and executive Orders, but we don't know whether those Offices are best suited by lady-saints.

Seems to me, masculine and feminine models of leadership are actually quite different. Wouldn't the Church benefit if there were role-functions in leadership that exploit the right-brain-dominant gifts of lady-saints?

Is this what the priest is FOR? Providing comfort in suffering? Yes! Is this what the Bishop is FOR? Planning and executing policy, setting goals, short-term and long-term? This is left-brain thinking, better done by the left-brain dominant leader (male, generally).

What works best is when individuals are temperamentally suited to the job they are doing. And in "hierarchy," which is a concept coming down to us from the ETAnnunaki culture (Sumarian records), patriarchy doesn't allow for differences in temperament between male and female.

But we can work around that.

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Bro David

Your short-sighted concept of the corporate executive bishop is of extemely late development. Priests represent the bishop, they are an extension of the bishop and cary out carrying out the bishop’s primary role. Without the bishop their are no priests.

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David Streever

Emily:
What scientific study demonstrates this left vs right brain idea?
What scientific study links it to males?
Why do women outperform men on intelligence tests?
Why do women outperform men on assessments of group projects?

It's weird that you'd assert that there are 'left brain' 'male' skills that allow one to do better work with a group; every study I've read shows that there is no division between the brain and that women objectively perform better than men at these tasks!

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