Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Why Men Should Not Be Ordained


10. A man’s place is in the army.
9. The pastoral duties of men who have children might distract them from the responsibility of being a parent.
8. The physique of men indicates that they are more suited to such tasks as chopping down trees and wrestling mountain lions. It would be “unnatural” for them to do ministerial tasks.
7. Man was created before woman, obviously as a prototype. Thus, they represent an experiment rather than the crowning achievement of creation.
6. Men are too emotional to be priests or pastors. Their conduct at football and basketball games demonstrates this.
5. Some men are handsome, and this will distract women worshipers.
Women Bishops4. Pastors need to nurture their congregations. But this is not a traditional male role. Throughout history, women have been recognized as not only more skilled than men at nurturing, but also more fervently attracted to it. This makes them the obvious choice for ordination.
3. Men are prone to violence. No really masculine man wants to settle disputes except by fighting about them. Thus they would be poor role models as well as dangerously unstable in positions of leadership.
2. The New Testament tells us that Jesus was betrayed by a man. His lack of faith and ensuing punishment remind us of the subordinated position that all men should take.
1. Men can still be involved in church activities, even without being ordained. They can sweep sidewalks, repair the church roof, and perhaps even lead the song service on Father’s Day. By confining themselves to such traditional male roles, they can still be vitally important in the life of the church.
http://liturgy.co.nz/10-reasons-why-men-should-not-be-ordained/12471

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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Do NOT Practice Christian Gender Discrimination On My Behalf

I joined the Church of England at age of 4. That was 9 years ago. My earliest memory is of colouring in pictures of Jesus in Sunday school and joining the children's parade at the end of the Sunday service where every child would bang his/her tambourine as loudly as possible. Now, I help out at services as an MC.
I love going to church and being a Christian is a big part of my life but something weird is happening.

My beloved church is voting on whether to allow women to become Bishops! What is even worse is that this debate has been going on for so much of my childhood so far. So many things about this make me angry.

Women face an uphill struggle already in this world of rising gender inequality. Girls? Well, the further down the age ladder you go the discrimination seems to get uglier. As a Christian girl, i would hope to be able to draw moral strength and courage from my church. Oh No, say the pious Christian right. Gender equality is alright for the 'outside' world but not within the walls of the CoE. In fact, they even disagree that it is to do with gender equality. Well, what is the 'headship' argument about then?

The CoE has been devalued of its' true mission, i think, which should have been about stewardship of the poor and vulnerable, climate change theology and educating young Christians. Can General Synod please vote for women today, join the 'outside' world and give young Christians like myself a true Christian message and vision of inclusion? Do not use my gender to exclude me. 
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Monday, 19 November 2012

How Many more Children will die in Gaza?

aptopix_mideast_israel_palestiniansWhen I was younger and I went out to play I would look around me or down at the ground, the children of Gaza look up at the sky constantly whilst they play. What do you think they are looking for? Missiles and rockets. The count so far is 24 child deaths in Gaza. One was an 11 month old baby, he was the son of a BBC picture editor in Gaza.

Will the deaths of these children bring the solution that Israel wants? Israel is carrying out the attacks under an act of 'self defence' it claims. If somebody tried to attack me with a spoon and I retaliated with a hammer would that be self defence and a proportional response? Israel has an air force, an army, submarines, highly sophisticated secret service and nuclear weapons. Gaza does not have any thing that matches this. How is a peaceful solution ever to be found? 

The slaughter of innocent children is NOT a price to be paid for ineffective Governments, an ineffective UN
and an ineffective Western world that constantly supports Israel with large amounts of money and looks the other way from the injustice being suffered by the Gazan children.

To gauge the depth of hatred for the Gaza please read this shocking article. 
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Saturday, 17 November 2012

Children of Egypt



انا نادم على فقدان حبيبك الاطفال الذين قتلوا فى تحطم حافلة اليوم. فقدان الطفل, وانا واثق من الصعب تحمل و اقدم خالص تعازينا وصلواتنا. انا المسيحيون الا الحزن لا الحواجز.
I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved children killed in the bus crash today. The loss of a child, I am sure, is hard to bear and I offer my deepest condolences and prayers. I am a Christian but grief has no barriers. 
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Monday, 5 November 2012

IF Romney wins will the 47% please leave the lights on when they leave America

Those who voted for Romney will need the lights on to search for the American dream that he is promising. 
Romney is selling a outdated American dream of nostalgia. I was watching Romney on TV give his speech at Des Moines, Iowa and he spoke about making America great again. 

Firstly, I DO think that America is a great country but I do think that the American dream of making millions out of cents is a thing of the past. The reason that I think this is because there is a capitalist system that exists in the world which restricts the poor and favours the rich. Therefore those with cents will still have cents and those with millions will still have millions. We see it here in Britain where nostalgia is used to sell dreams but the reality is that anybody who is below the 1% is struggling. 

Also, for any dream to become a reality it must exist in a perfect world untouched by difficulties and hardships. America, like Britain, isn't an imperial state any more. There are the emerging economies like China and Brazil, even Indonesia. To sell a dream of jobs and more money means that Romney is promising that America will always win in the globalisation war. In reality, the people who will benefit from Romney's promises will be big corporations, well off individuals and the multi-millionaires who have funded him and expect alot in return. 

I wish America all the very best. I am an Obama supporter myself. The majority of Brits would vote for Obama if we could. This should interest Americans because there is a TEA PARTY economy going on here and it isn't much fun. 

P.S Remember to leave the light on. 
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Sunday, 4 November 2012

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