Amidst the Church of England formally adopting the legislation that would allow its first female bishops to be ordained next year, BBC News online indulged in a spot of hermeneutics to explore what St Paul said about women’s role in the church.
Contemporary Christianity (formerly known as ECONI) have organised a well-timed public conversation with Rev Dr Trevor Morrow on Tuesday 25 November at 7.30pm.
Equal to Rule: Leading the Way.
The organisers sum up the purpose of the evening:
Disagreements over women’s ordination or women in church leadership usually bring up two prominent attitudes: on the one hand, a number of people assume that the plain teaching of Scripture prohibits it; on the other hand, for a number of people, it simply feels right and they do not get to grips with biblical teaching.The event is free to attend, and whatever you believe you are encouraged to attend and engage with the retired minister of Lucan Presbyterian Church (and denomination’s youngest ever Moderator).
Both parties end up in the same place; reluctant to study the biblical text freshly, objectively, with the willingness to go where it leads.
Dr Trevor Morrow has written Equal to Rule in order to show why churches like the Presbyterian Church in Ireland ascribe to full equality for men and women in leadership in the churches on the basis of the teaching of scripture. It is the fruit of years not only of biblical study and preaching, but also of experience in applying the gospel to the lives of women and men in different cultural contexts.
Head along to the Contemporary Christianity Office (3rd Floor, 21 Ormeau Avenue, Belfast, BT2 8HD) for the 7.30pm start on Tuesday 25 November 2014.