In years past, the church (pick any relevent denomination) has promoted itself of being the moral leaders of their flocks. And I think they did this job well, regardless of your belief in God or any other higher being, I do think the ability to bring a community together and provide fellowship and support is something really valuable that we are losing in the modern world. But the current stances on Women in positions of authority and marriage of same-sex couples is just wrong for our time and they really need to take a good look around them and perhaps review their “mission statement” to determine what is truly important.
Personally I am a great believer in equal rights, IE I have no problem working with and for a women any more than I do a bloke. I am lucky enough to have had both men and women as line managers and they were all different. Some were bad, some were good, some were brilliant (if you’re an ex line manager of mine reading this, I’m sure you fall into the latter category 😉 ) but that competence didn’t correlate to the sex of the manager involved. I think the Church needs to recognise the skills women can bring and take away any restrictions that it currently has in place. Lets face it, it’s not even a glass ceiling, it’s a great big concrete one.
(I do recognise that I’m talking about the entire religious community as one Church, but it should be recognised that some are better than others in recognising the skills of women, but in the main it really is still a mens club. )
And yes, many might not like the idea of same-sex marriage but by the same token, those same-sex couples do like the idea of it and if they are wanting to show that level of commitment to each other, then who are heterosexual couples to question that, especially given the current levels of divorce. I liked the way one person put it in the media – If you don’t want to be married to someone of the same-sex, then don’t do it. No-one is forcing anyone to get married to someone of the same-sex.
I think the Church should take a long hard look at itself and ask fundamental questions about why it is declining in membership and attendance. These two issues alone just highlight just how much they need to “get with the times”. In terms of communities, I think that a place of worship is an important element because of the way it brings people together, but it really needs to give itself a bit of a shake and make itself relevent for today, otherwise the metaphorical baby will be thrown out with the bath water as organised religion is largely rejected by the masses.
But thats only my view, what do you think, has the church got the right stance?