I was the only woman in the room.
Women were first ordained in my denomination in 1956. While 28% of all mainline Protestant churches in the United States have women pastors, almost half of all active clergy in my denomination are female. More than half of the candidates for ordination are women.
In every church meeting I attend, at least half the participants are women. Often there are more women in the room than men, but in yesterday’s meeting there was only one woman: me.
Anybody want to guess what the meeting was and why I was the only woman present?
I’ll share the answer at the end of the day today.
Postscript: My meeting was with pastors who fall on the more conservative side regarding issues facing our denomination – including the possibility of our General Assembly approving GBLTQ marriage in 2014. Although there are certainly some clergywomen in our denomination who are against GBLTQ marriage, most of those opposed seem to be men. I’ve always wondered if we – clergywomen – are often more open to such changes because we know what it’s like when Scripture is used to forbid our leadership. Most mainline Protestants interpret Scripture using hermeneutical techniques (historical, cultural, contextual, lexical analysis) that understand God’s Word differently than those who point to certain passages that “prove” what they believe about women and homosexuality.