Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Women Bishops in time.

When in 1992 the vote was expected on whether women were allowed to become priests I watched the television hoping against hope that the vote would be carried. When it was I wept. Tears of joy and also of regret. It was too late for me. I was around 55.
When my husband came home he was astonished to find me in tears. I had never explained the call I had had as a teenager to him.
I had become a teacher instead of going into the church but the call was real and insistent and was hard to deny.
When David died I came to live in Cornwall and the call returned. I knew I was too old this time but thought about becoming a lay reader.
During that process I was asked if I would consent to being ordained.
Amazed I agreed and it really was the happiest day of my life. My call was finally fulfilled.
I work as an assistant priest here on the Roseland doing a job I should have been working at all my life.
I would never aspire to being a bishop but I feel for those capable women who would be splendid in that capacity.
I am so sorry that the vote was lost. It seems entirely unfair.
My trust in God means that I am sure some way will be found through this at some stage so yesterday's vote will simply be a stepping stone to a future that includes women as equals.
And I think that's what the rest of the Anglican fellowship will want too.
The Holy Spirit moves in mysterious ways. She will get us there in the end.

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  1. Like you Jean, I am disappointed. Not surprised, but disappointed.
    I share your optimism as to the future of women in the upper reaches of the Anglican Church, but feel it may not happen in my lifetime.
    Nil desparandum!

  2. Yes, it was indeed very unfair, and very sad. I am so delighted you found you call later in life. I find women like you, who do new things after 55, really inspirational.

    You were kind enough to add me to your blogroll. My blog has moved to wordpress. Please could you compound the kindness and change the URL of Dreaming Beneath the Spires to http://anitamathias.com/

    Thanks much,