Have had an emotional day today. Had my last show with WAAPA and said goodbye to one of the best friends I've ever had in my life. I hate goodbyes. I loathe them.
I also found out today that my dear Anglican church, after the General Synod of 2012, had decided to vote against the legislation on women bishops. This made me very sad and depressed, not a good day to do this, CoE.
I just don't understand how you do not see that it is time to move forward together. The days of a male dominated Bishop's mitre are gone- or at least past their prime.
Those who voted against the legislation clearly, I think, misunderstood it. It is not forcing a parish to have a woman as their priest (although some churches could do with a kick up the bum); it is, rather, a step in the direction CoE needs to go.
I know it's going to take a long time. It will take a long time to reach healthy compromises between both 'sides' (I wish Dr Williams invested more time into bringing the two together and minimise the divisiveness), but I wish I wasn't being realistic in saying it is probably going to take centuries to move on from ecclesiastical misogyny, and step into the light of Christ that some of those who voted 'no' clearly hide from.
I am not trying to convince you all that I am right, and they are wrong- because this is precisely on of the reasons my dear, dear Church is so divided:
"I am right, because Phillipians says..."
"No. I am right because Thessalonians says...", and the whole church spirals out of control.
What I am trying to say, though, is that this legislation was one that needed to be made, and it wasn't. The Anglican church has fallen short once again. I was hoping my church would not look stupid in the eyes of society, but this, like all the vicars said, will make it look stupid.
Please, Church of England, show us how beautiful you really are.