Two highly articulate women have this last week presented two important takes on inclusion - Susan Russell on the work of Integrity over the past 10 years, and Alda Marsh Morgan on the consequences of Women's ordination. They both suggest, from different venues on different issues, that the matter of full inclusion does not stop with this or that "victory" or marking point, but rather engages us in a continuing process that does not have closure.
It appears that when some doors open to the winds of the spirit other doors sometimes close. Dr. Marsh Morgan points out that the ordination of women was, for some lay church workers, less than total good news. "Once ordination became available for women, most of us (lay women professionals) no longer are able to work in the church. The church's clericalism saw to that."
Her article is published in full in Episcopal Life's October edition and is available online HERE. It deserves a full read.
The Rev. Canon Susan Russell gave a report at the Integrity Leadership Conference in St. Louis that covers the work of the past 10 years and looks forward to the work to come. It is 30 minutes long, but very much worth the viewing. So get a cup of coffee and listen in.
After Anaheim - Integrity Leadership Conference