There's been so much swirling around in my brain the last few weeks that I feel guilty about not getting around to writing about some it. A lot of it has been prompted by the role of women in the church.
It started back in September when I had a chance to spend half a day with Maggi Dawn over in Cambridge. One of the many things we talked about was sparked by a question she asked me about the feminization of the church – basically, has it alienated men?
My short answer was that the church has always been run mostly by women, they just haven't been able to hold the reins of leadership officially for most of church history, and even today there are only limited parts of the world where they are allowed (almost) equal power.
This is a huge issue, because the vast majority of the Emergent/Emerging Church (not a) movement is dealing with the issue for the first time, being comprised mostly of people emerging from a fundamentalist evangelical perspective where women can basically do anything they want, as long as it's limited to making the coffee after church.