Is Church Life Consistently Anti-Women?

We had an interesting discussion in the subject Triune God the other day. The topic was feminism and the Trinity, and we read Janet Martin Soskice,  "Can a Feminist Call God Father'?" We worked the issue of androcentrism in Christian discourse, especially in the traditional language of the Trinity. We ran through the reasons why 'Father-Son' has remained so popular, as well as considering its future prospects. Some wondered if 'Father' would have to be dropped before women would find equality in discipleship within the church.  It was pointed out that, whether that be true or not, correcting an androcentric bias in imagery for God will not guarantee the end of patriarchy. Consider the place of female divinities in other religions and the continuation of patriarchy in those religions. It was also pointed out that, although there is clearly a male bias in much of Christian ministry and life, it is not consistently so. Parish life has plenty of evidence of male dominance in some areas (often key areas) but the female majority of members in many parishes creates its own counter. Moreover, although androcentric language prevails in so many ways in our churches, the temper of much of church life is not…...

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Unity and Persuasion

In his The God of Jesus Christ, Walter Kasper elucidates the meaning of the claim that God is one, and in this singleness the source and foundation of all reality, with the ultimate unity of reality to be found in God. And if God unites all that is, then it follows that God is the … Continue reading "Unity and Persuasion"...

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This Is Who God Is. A Good Friday Reflection

We could begin our reflections for Good Friday in the Garden of Gethsemane. In that garden that Jesus of Nazareth makes his decision. There, he embraces his Passion, cries out to his father about the reality of it. At this moment of anguish, as he faces the suffering that he knows lies ahead, he cries … Continue reading "This Is Who God Is. A Good Friday Reflection"...

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The Gospel is Not a Tragedy

It has been said that many regular preachers of the word are able to communicate with feeling and gusto on Good Friday, but would give their eye teeth to get out of having to preach on Easter Sunday. What can we say that will be any different to what was said last year, or the … Continue reading "The Gospel is Not a Tragedy"...

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Prayer and the Trinity

In his beautiful little anthology on prayer John Moses, citing Mother Mary Clare, says that prayer is to be understood as God’s activity in us rather than thinking that prayer finds its origin in us.1   It is usual to approach prayer as an activity that we do, perhaps as a response to God, but nevertheless … Continue reading "Prayer and the Trinity"...

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Stones Into Bread

I was a chaplain in an Anglican school for some years. Each year I would ask the Year 7s what they thought was the human failing that lay behind each of Jesus’ three temptations. What sin would Jesus be committing if he fell into these particular temptations? (See Matt 4:1-11.) The second and third temptations … Continue reading "Stones Into Bread"...

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