So are we to recruit our future Conference and Union Conference
presidents form the National Baketball,Association?
Do the presenters at these anti WO seminars
have any females in their families
whom they respect and admire?
God forbid that they have professional,
successful wives, daughters, and nieces!
Their female family members
must have to put on a very "brave front"
knowing that they are relegated to such second class status.
I think the “headship” doctrine
is a very “blue collar” class thing.
Not to be derogatory of blue collar,
since my absolutely splendid father
was a humble bricklayer and dirt poor.
Thankfully Adventism is an upwardly mobile organization.
Most new converts to Adventism are often uneducated and poor,
but give their families time,
by the second or third generation,
many will have graduate degrees, including the women.
My two daughters with Ivy League degrees,
would disown me if I subscribed to the headship theology,
as would my now deceased wife,
a highly respected and successful physician specialist!
As more and more Adventists attain higher education,
over time, this anachronistic headship doctrine will die on the vine.
The Episcopalian church is the most socially acceptable church
to join, if one is seeking status.
It has many “upper crust” members.
So it is no accident that in the early 1970’s
they were the first major denomimation
to accept,women into the ministry.
They received a lot of criticism and disdain for their action,
from other denominations, who years later, did follow suit.
In an editorial, the New York Times,
lauded the Episcopalians, citing their action of
accepting women priests, as having paved the way
for increased numbers of women senators, Supreme Court
judges, women CEO’s etc.
How splendid if it had been the Adventists who had
pioneered this increase in the status of women,
but we were too mired in our blue collar headship doctrine!