Comments: Linda Woodhead: A woman's place

An astute and insightful comment on what it is like to be a woman, particularly a female clergyperson within the Church of England. It would be good if we could pay attention to the effect that our structures have on people - particularly with regard to squandering human resources.

It is also necessary to be aware of the long term consequences.. Although this situation has been tolerated as a result of the prevalent culture of niceness, I believe this tolerance is now, quite rightly, in decline and that the Cof E can no longer presume that people will inevitably stay and endure, but may discern that it would be best to serve God elsewhere. 35% score on gender equality should have us hang our heads in shame and repenting.

Posted by Lindsay Southern at Friday, 7 December 2012 at 12:47pm GMT

Well, I certainly recognise the attitudes to women described here. Though tearing up people's mail is nasty, nasty, nasty. But I've seen similar in the CofE. New incumbents who didn't admit to being anti-women when appointed, for example, but who tell the female licensed lay ministers their services will no longer be required. Or a similarly inclined incumbent who just announced to the PCC that so-and-so was retiring. The first she heard of it was when someone approached her and said how sorry they were. Both still in post, both sets of female ministers still out. And yeah, you're not allowed to complain. You won't be believed, and the high staus male is more valuable to the church than you are. But then you also have to add in the female ministers who don't care for other women on their patch. A whole different subject, but it is limiting the numbers of women in ministry.

Posted by English Athena at Friday, 7 December 2012 at 8:39pm GMT
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