Women clergy pray God gets a feminine touch

May 31, 2015 by

By Nicholas Hellen, Sunday Times: OUR Mother, who art in heaven? Women in the Church of England have held discussions about referring to God as “She”. The group wants to challenge the use of exclusively male language and imagery to describe God in the Lord’s Prayer, hymns, art and the language of church services. The Rev Emma Percy, chaplain of Trinity College, Oxford, and a member of Watch (Women and the Church), the pressure group that helped to win the argument within the Church of England...

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The Feminization of Anglican Orders

Aug 11, 2014 by

by Alice C Linsley, Virtueonline: The decision of the Synod of the Church of England to consecrate women bishops has widened the gap between those who hold to historic Anglican orders and those who seek “adventure” – to employ the Archbishop of Canterbury’s apt term. Consider the meaning: “ad” – facing or toward, and “venture” – to move into dangerous territory. In truth, the adventure began with the decision of the Episcopal Church to ordain women as priests. Before the ordination of...

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Why are we celebrating 20 years of the ordination of women?

May 5, 2014 by

From Reform Director of Reform Susie Leafe today asked, “What exactly are we celebrating? Women have been ministering in the church for 2000 years, not 20. The very fact that this event is taking place begs some serious questions about how some people view ministry in the Church of England. It seems we have forgotten that we follow Christ, who came to serve and not be served. We have pursued a false view of equality which consequentially belittles the ministry of lay women and all men,...

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How much of the Church of England clergy is female?

Feb 12, 2014 by

By George Arnett, Guardian The Church of England is set to decide on whether to fast-track a vote for women bishops. This process that would bring to a head a debate that has been going on for two decades.   While that has been happening, the make up of the church has been changing quite drastically according to the latest ministry statistics published on the Church of England website. Between 2002 and 2012, the number of female full-time clergy has increased by 41% from 1,262 to 1,781....

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The Doctrine of Male Headship — Why Everyone Should Have One

Jul 4, 2013 by

By John Richardson, The Ugley Vicar “Paul assumes, as do most cultures, that there are significant differences between men and women, differences that go far beyond mere biological and reproductive function. Their relations and roles must therefore be mutually complementary, rather than identical. […] And within marriage, the guideline is clear. The husband is to take the lead – though he is to do so fully minded of the self-sacrificial model which the Messiah has provided....

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Should the Church be led by opinion poll? Ask the Laodiceans

Mar 14, 2013 by

by Julian Mann If YouGov had conducted an opinion poll asking the members of the church in Laodicea in the late 1st century AD whether they thought they were good Christians, the results would have been overwhelmingly positive. They thought their church was rich in Christian spirituality and commitment and they were very pleased with themselves. But the risen and reigning Lord Jesus Christ, walking among the lampstands of the seven churches in Asia, revealed to the Apostle John his assessment...

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