Just some passing thoughts . . .
In early summer, many of my Catholic blogging friends post ordination pictures. I am always disconcerted, and then stung, and then saddened, because the participants in the photos are always 100% male.
I'm been working on my ordination service very intently for the past couple of weeks ~ especially for the past few days, ever since we knew that October 30 would be a "go."
The pastor participants in the service are: two men, five women.
The elders (Presby-speak for elected church leaders) are one man, three women.
The readers are all women: one Jewish, one Catholic, one Protestant.
The preachers are all Presby: two men, one woman.
One evening several years ago, really bored at a Session (church council) meeting, I pulled some old books of Session minutes off the library shelves to peruse. "Look at this!" I suddenly exclaimed. In the 1950s, all of our elders and pastors were male. The photos and lists of names - all men.
And in the end, it took the Holy Spirit only 50 years, once we got on board.