I have been reading on my kindle the new book by Maggie Dawn, "Like the wideness of the sea."
It is real anger tempered with scholarly debate and is I think a must for all church women....and men too because it puts the case for equality with vigor and honesty.
Many of us have lived through centuries and decades of shocking discrimination and have dealt with it in different ways. During my twenties I was a hippie , never a strident woman's libber, but the fact that my call into the church was disallowed because I was female meant that my life has been very different from the way it was intended to be.
My tragedy is that I came into the church too late. I was well past sixty when the process started...and of course continues....I make this point because many critics of the women lobbying for equality have labelled them ambitious, not content with their lot now they have been given some leeway. Apparently ambition should be only a male characteristic.
In my case I am very happy with everything I am doing and get along well with my mostly male colleagues. but I do wish sometimes that I had been able to start sooner!
Priests leaving this country to join Anglican communions elsewhere where woman have been accepted in the episcopate are growing in numbers....and it's tragic that they have been driven to it at this point when surely a solution might be found.
This weeks injunction to love one another needs to start with those in the body of the church where people are hurting. Healing is possible with love and openness and a real desire for communion.