The Church’s Sex crisis
Sarah Coakley, acclaimed scholar-priest, brought up in the diocese of Southwark and now Norris-Hulse Professor in the University of Cambridge, has kindly accepted an invitation to give a lecture in Southwark Cathedral library at London Bridge on the evening of Friday 7th September. Her title is: The Church’s sex crises – are we asking the wrong questions? Sarah is an Anglican. She speaks out of broad experience, including many years in the USA. She will have a unique take on the subject and is a wonderful teacher. The Southwark Feminist Theology Group (which is organising the event) is ecumenical; we expect a broad discussion – and everyone with an interest in this subject is warmly welcome. We will begin with a (wine and nibbles) reception at 6.30. Sarah will speak at 7 and we will wrap up by 8.15. Pre Synod Prayer Vigil at Westminster Abbey
Oh to be in England, now that Enlightenment is near!
No doubt this lecture, to be given by Cambridge University Professor Sarah Coakley, on Friday 7 September in Southwark Cathedral, will be attracting an audience of many Anglicans who are trying to deal with the reluctance of the Church of England to enter into the 21st century’s ideas of gender and sexuality – that has superceded the traditional biblical understanding of attitudes towards women and the phenomenon of sexual-orientation.
With society ahead of the Church in such important matters of common human justice and freedom, it is important that the Church begins to listen to scholars who have taken on board the realities of the need for the emancipation of those Women and LGBTQ persons who are part and parcel of both the clerical and lay ministry and life of the Church throughout the world.
In this period leading up to the Church of England General Synod’s determination on the vexed question of Women Bishops – and their degree of local jurisdiction in their dioceses – discussions such as will take place around this issue, before that determination is actually made, will be of vital importance to the outcome. My prayers are for the C. of E.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand