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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A Priestess Comes to Repentance

The journey of Alice C. Linsley

As seen from her blog Just Genesis:

"A reader of Just Genesis who is interested in what I have written about the Priesthood has asked that I tell my story, something that I am reticent to do because I don’t enjoy talking about myself. This is the third person who has asked me to explain how I moved from being an Episcopal priest to an Orthodox laywoman who believes that Holy Tradition precludes women being priests. So I will attempt to put the events in order and tell the tangled tale.

There is risk of giving offense to those who believe, as I once did, that the Bible doesn’t prohibit women priests, and that this question is not Christological and does not touch the essentials of salvation. If you are offended by reading this, then take C.S. Lewis’ advice to his reader in Mere Christianity – “Leave it alone.” Better to leave it, for one never knows how God may impress upon you a certain point that offers health to the soul. Perhaps we can agree at least on this: that God does desire the health of our souls. And it is in this spirit that I offer what I am about to say.

To tell this story I will need to speak of three aspects which, like three interwoven threads, give texture and depth to the telling. The three aspects touch on (1) my personal life; (2) the parish that presented me for ordination, and (3) the situation in the Episcopal Church USA in the early-1980s."

To read the rest, please visit Just Genesis.

It is a real moving journey, and it shows that these issues are hard, ruff, complex, and extremely difficult when the rubber meets the road in the struggles of everyday life. Her journey has convicted me, and taught me, that I need to be more charitable and loving when talking about these issues, for at the end of the day, you are dealing with real people who are struggling through life just like you.

Christ is Risen!


Anonymous said...

Just Genesis is a great blog. I only recently realized the author was Orthodox, and maybe this helps to explain why.

Outside of conservative Baptist and Presbyterian circles, women's ordination is rapidly becoming the norm. Granted, churches that reject episcopacy have a completely different view of the priesthood generally, but if anything you're going to be seeing a lot more of this. Grace, understanding, and patience will be key, or at least that's what I have to tell myself.

Jnorm said...

You know, I 100%ly agree! Thanks for posting.

Christ is Risen!

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