If any of my readers are not already aware of some important discussions going on within the CRC circles about Children at the Lords Table and Women in the Church they may want to click my links and read about it from bloggers who have more gravitas on the respective topics than I.
I, like Mary and others, am frustrated with the Christian Reformed Church’s molasses-slow movement on women in leadership. Part of me believes since I saw that restricting women was dumb when I was about 10, these educated older men should have figured it out by now. They made some positive steps recently, but it appears I’ll be 30 by the time they even TALK about it again, since they put a seven-year gag order on the issue. That’s a long time to wait.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the unique nature of my background, and growing up Christian Reformed is definitely part of that. It is in situations like this, though, that I’m not sure how to relate to my background. There are many things about dutch-american communities and CRC that is charming and beautiful and things that I’m thankful I inherited. Since the dutch aren’t repressed, people don’t think of us as ethnic, but we share characteristics with other etho-religious communities. And I love those things. But when issues like this come up, or when a Christian reformed church seems so far from the things I really value about the reformed tradition, I am not sure how to relate that to my experience and my understanding. How does one love a tradition and also see that it has problems?