In my denomination, that's not so surprising. Over half our seminarians are women. Over half the candidates in an average search are women, sometimes far more.
Men still hold the advantage. Most multi-staff churches still want a man as the Senior Pastor, and his gender matters more than his years of experience, while a woman's years of experience or lack thereof seem to weigh more heavily.
These RevGals on the cover of Gospel Today blaze trails in their traditions. And the reward for their effort? A chain of Southern Baptist bookstores decided to pull this issue from the shelves and hide it behind the counter.
We don't want children to see it.
We don't want suggestive images or words to be in the public eye, words or images suggesting that women have broken and will break the stained glass ceiling.
Y'all probably know I supported Obama from early in the primary season. It disturbs me to hear that racism influences people's attitudes toward him, though it does not surprise me. I believe we would see the same sort of bias in its sexist incarnation if Senator Clinton were the nominee. How much longer, O Lord, how much longer?
I want to see change, and we need a lot of it, in a lot of ways, at this moment in our country's history. We need a lot of it, in a lot of ways, at this moment in the life of our churches. It cannot come from the top down (she said, proving how very Congregational she is), it must come from within the hearts of the people. If I can be part of changing their hearts, if I can bump my head against the stained glass ceiling with other women and make it instead a great glass elevator for my daughter and other young women who may be called to ministry, I'll know I was fierce and fabulous for Jesus.
(I want to say the phrase, "fierce and fabulous for Jesus," came from NotShyChiRev; we have passed it around the RevGalBlogPals for long enough that I am not sure anymore, so if it's yours and not his, let me know and I will give credit.)