A Woman says: “When I am ordained, I shall wear Purple!”

When I am Ordained, I shall wear Purple

by Mia Smith

With acknowledgement to Jenny Joseph‘s original poem

When I am ordained, I shall wear purple
with killer heels and bright red lipstick
And I shall go round preaching from the Bible

…The liberating truth that Jesus calls women

and tell those who say otherwise that it is they,

not I, who are bad theologians.

I shall sit down with fellow clergy
when we are tired of fighting for equality
and going the extra mile with grace when we are put down,
And we will make up for it:
by encouraging one another as Scripture says,
and praying for those who abuse us,
and rejoicing that we are suffering
(but just a little bit) for Jesus,
And we might even eat some chocolate.I will adopt the ordination name “Junia”,
and remind those who object,
that there may be a boy named Sue somewhere in the world,
but there probably isn’t.But now we must face the world,
Who think we are traitors to our sex
For working for the Church
And face our brothers and sisters who think
We are being unbiblical
And face those in our Churches
who have failed to notice the pain this week has brought.
And we will go in the strength of Christ.
We will not turn our backs on our calling
Because God is not finished with the Church,
And He is faithful.But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am ordained, and start to wear purple.
             I am warming to this Moderate Evangelical (FULCRUM) web-site more, each time
I tune in. Elaine Storkey, here, treats us to this delightful reaction to the failure of the
Church of England ‘Women Bishops Measure’ – in these delightful verses, by another
faithful member of the Church who happens to be female.
            No doubt, many people like Mia Smith, in the Church of England, are deeply
saddened by the intransigence of those few Lay people who have scuttled the
only opportunity , so far, for women in that Church to act upon God’s call on
some of them to lead a diocese as Bishop and Chief Pastor.
            It is people like Mia who are the salt of the earth, and if this salt ever loses its savour,
God help us all!
Another extract from an article on ‘Fulcrum’, by one-time Bishop of Liverpool, Tom Wright:
“All Christian ministry begins with the announcement that Jesus has been raised from the dead. And Jesus entrusted that task, first of all, not to Peter, James, or John, but to Mary Magdalene. Part of the point of the new creation launched at Easter was the transformation of roles and vocations: from Jews-only to worldwide, from monoglot to multilingual (think of Pentecost), and from male-only leadership to male and female together”.
                                    Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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