Saturday, April 07, 2007

Women and Jesus

Mystery writer, theologian, advocate for women, devout Christian, Dorothy L. Sayers wrote, “Perhaps it is no wonder that the women were first at the Cradle and last at the Cross. They had never known a man like this Man – there never has been such another. A prophet and teacher who never nagged at them, never flattered or coaxed or patronized; who never made arch jokes about them, never treated them either as 'The women, God help us!' or ‘The ladies, God bless them!’; who rebuked without querulousness and praised without condescension’; who took their questions and arguments seriously; who never mapped out their sphere for them, never urged them to be feminine or jeered at them for being female; who had no axe to grind and no uneasy male ego to defend; who took them as he found them and was completely unselfconscious.” (100 Christian Women Who Changed the 20th Century, p. 189)

What absolutely brilliant, wise, wonderful words!

Yesterday at the community Good Friday Worship I participated in a drama about twelve of the women in Jesus' life (I'm wealthy patroness, Susanna--so I got to wear bling). Here are two pictures.
"We have come to tell our stories..."

Clergywomen played many of the parts. Father Loren narrated.

4 comments:

P.S. an after-thought said...

Fr. as in an RC??? Whoa. Wow. great.

Singing Owl said...

Yes. Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church. :-) It is a beautiful old church. Fr. Loren is a great guy--in fact we have dubbed our ministerial group
"Father and the Clergettes." We wouldn't have done that unless we knew we already had his positive regard. (There are a few other men, but Fr. is the most regular attender of the guys.) :-)

Iris said...

Wow! You have quite the ecumenical community! What a blessing.

Mother Laura said...

Looks like a wonderful event!