The Altar and the Arena: What Slaves and Martyrs Have to Teach Us About Women’s Ordination

Editor’s Note: The piece below represents the opinion of the author. Aaron Harrison here engages with a recent conversation about women's ordination that includes contributions from Emily McGowin (original post and response to critiques), Lee Nelson, Ben Jefferies, and Gerald McDermott—with external contributions from Blake Johnson, Esau McCaulley, and Ben Jefferies. Anglican Compass does not take a site-wide position for [...]

By |2020-05-21T16:51:18-05:00May 20th, 2020|Categories: Opinion|Tags: |3 Comments

Brothers, We Have Failed: A Lament in Response to the Women’s Ordination Debate

Editor’s Note: The piece below represents the opinion of the author. Anglican Pastor does not take a site-wide position for or against women’s ordination. We do, however, require both clarity and charity. We ask that your responses to it do so as well. In a debate as crucial and heated as the matter of ordaining women to the priesthood in [...]

By |2020-02-14T14:42:23-06:00February 17th, 2020|Categories: Opinion|Tags: |14 Comments

God is Not Fair: Some Thoughts on Women’s Ordination

Editor’s Note: The piece below represents the opinion of the author. Anglican Pastor does not take a site-wide position for or against women’s ordination. We do, however, require both clarity and charity. We ask that your responses to it do so as well. God is not fair. He deprives men of the most profound and satisfying experience imaginable. Both men [...]

By |2020-01-14T11:28:38-06:00January 20th, 2020|Categories: Opinion|Tags: |23 Comments

Taking Scripture and Women’s Ordination Seriously: A Response to Blake Johnson and Lee Nelson

Editor's Note: Thank you to the Rev. Dr. Emily McGowin for writing this rejoinder to Fr. Blake Johnson's and Fr. Lee Nelson's responses to her original blog post about the in persona Christi argument against women's ordination. While we invite this conversation (about McGowin's original blog post) to continue in our comments section and elsewhere—and we plan to publish more [...]

By |2020-01-14T09:39:57-06:00November 18th, 2019|Categories: Opinion, Theology|Tags: |21 Comments

The Problem with Making a Patristic Argument for the Ordination of Women: A Response to Emily McGowin

Editor's Note (Greg Goebel): Fr. Lee Nelson has been a writer and supporter of Anglican Pastor from our earliest days. I asked him to write a response to the Rev. Dr. Emily McGowin’s post for our site. Meanwhile, Rev. Blake Johnson has also published a response on the Theopolis Insitute's blog. We present this post below to you as a [...]

By |2020-01-14T11:32:34-06:00November 15th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Opinion, Theology|Tags: |8 Comments

If Women Can Be Saved, Then Women Can Be Priests: A Critique of the “in persona Christi” Argument Against Women’s Ordination

Editor’s Note: The piece below represents the opinion of the author. Anglican Pastor does not take a site-wide position for or against women’s ordination. We do, however, require both clarity and charity. We ask that your responses to it do so as well. After reading this piece, please see Lee Nelson's response and Emily McGowin's rejoinder. The connection between christology [...]

By |2020-01-14T11:31:08-06:00September 26th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Opinion, Theology|Tags: |33 Comments

Anglican Pastor’s Approach to Debated Issues: A Letter from the Editor(s)

We appreciate how interactive our readers are. The reactions to our recent three-part interview with Rev. Tish Harrison Warren were mostly constructive and insightful. We reached out to Tish to request an interview. And we asked readers for questions to ask Tish. We appreciate the questions that readers submitted. And we’re very grateful to Tish for the time she took [...]

By |2019-02-01T13:43:50-06:00February 1st, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: |1 Comment

Want to Learn More about Women’s Ordination Debates within Anglicanism? Start With These Resources

Maybe you, like me, are coming to Anglicanism from a different tradition. If that’s the case, then one thing you should know is that Anglican debates about women’s ordination can often be quite different from debates about the same topic in other church contexts. This is due to Anglicans having different views on, among other things: ecclesiology (the doctrine of [...]

By |2020-01-27T10:56:08-06:00January 30th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Pastoral Ministry|Tags: |16 Comments

Call Me Mother

Since I was ordained as a priest two years ago, the question I’m most asked is, “What do we call you?” In Anglicanism, people often refer to priests as “Father,” following Roman Catholic and Orthodox tradition. I have no intention to argue here about the use of that term, which can be controversial among lower church folks, but the practice [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:39:25-06:00April 26th, 2016|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , , , |14 Comments