I work for an Episcopal diocese’s main office, something that as a firmly agnostic person I find very ironic. Honestly, it’s mostly like any other job I’ve had except I have to sit through opening prayers at meetings.
I’m not one for organized religion of any kind, but I have to say Episcopalians are trying to get into the 21st Century…at least on all visible levels. At this weekend’s General Convention (gigantic governing body where all decisions are made), Episcopalians Elected a Female Bishop.
Fantastic. No, really, that’s great, actually…but it’s already being viewed as divisive a decision as it was to accept Eugene Robinson, an openly gay man, as a bishop. (That’s awholenother kettle of fish.)
Except why? Why should allowing a woman to pursue her own vocation for her god be such a terrible, forbidden thing? (Some conservatives are still angry the Episcopal church allows female priests…) Why should this election be an ssue at all? The persons responsible for her election surely voted based on skill, experience and confidence in her ability to lead, and her gender plays no part in that nor does it impact her ability to lead; she’s already proven herself, hasn’t she, in her past positions and performances in them? Just like any man has, just like the men she was a candidate with.
Apparently not. It apparently does matter, because, like homosexuals, we can’t go around treating women as actual people capable of fulfilling many roles, can we? That would be chaotic and might just bring the end of the world.
I’ll discuss a few behind the scenes disturbing things about the view of women to the men who work in my particular diocese, but for now I just want to wish Bishop Jefferts Schiori the best. Show those old conservative men what you can do.