Can't resist sharing this photo of the tea towel that has hung in my various offices since Fran Bartlett (of St. Peter's San Pedro and Blessed Memory) brought it to me from Lambeth 1998. It reminds me of the long struggle of generation upon generation of women for equality in a church committed to the ideal that in Christ there is "no Jew nor Gentile, no slave or free, no male or female" ... until it comes to church leadership and then Galatians gets thrown out with the bath water and patriarchy trumps.
And today the Church of England voted to allow the appointment of women as bishops. Yes, this is but one step. Yes, it's a flawed resolution. Yes, the War on Women is real and there are miles to go before we rest. But ... And ... this is a moment to pause -- to rejoice and be glad in -- and to give thanks to ALL who have worked, prayed, compromised, strategized and organized to make it happen. Including Fran Bartlett of blessed memory.
And then we'll get back to work. Honest!