Meeting with Theological School Students to Talk about Women’s Ordination

I LOVE teaching.  Always have.  So it is fun to get the opportunity to return to the classroom to share thoughts.  Today was just such a day as I spoke to Theological Students at the Bryn Athyn College about the reasons for opening up the clergy to women pastors.

For me, the heartbeat of New Church theology centers on this view of an intensely loving God.  God is love.  Love is the core and central part of our life.  From there, our life of faith is built out.  It is not necessarily a life of “faith as certainty” but more a life in which “Faith is the eye of love, since it is from love through faith that the Lord is seen.”  (Heavenly Secrets, 3863)

In a fascinating theological premise, one that is frankly revolutionary, Emanuel Swedenborg held that churches actually “fall” when they deviate from this self-sacrificing love that is to be their pivot.  “Every church in its beginning regards the good of life in the first place, and truths of doctrine in the second; but as the church declines, its begins to regards the truths of doctrine in the first place and the good of life in the second.”  (Heavenly Secrets 82)  Simply put, we stop asking “What would love do?” as we mistakenly come to believe that we know is actually the most important thing.

I believe there is little hope in effectively answering the question, “What would love do?”, without a full balance, reciprocity, connection that a male and female clergy would supply.   A new world can be born out of fuller forms of partnership!

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7 Responses to “Meeting with Theological School Students to Talk about Women’s Ordination”

  1. George Geanuleas says:

    Well said Chuck, I am in full agreement and feel that the church is at a crossroads with this question.

    It is delightful to see the “women in the ministry” question openly discussed and debated. Already a healthy sign!

    I am willing to assist in any way I can.

    George Geanuleas

  2. Chuck says:

    George -

    Thanks for the support. It is a question whose time has come.


  3. Dale Morris says:

    Are you willing to share some of the thoughts expressed by the theological students? They will be key figures in addressing this issue, both now and even more in the future.

  4. Chuck.Blair says:

    Dale -

    I put those thoughts on the Facebook page.

    Hope all is well! Thanks for the response.

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