Desire to be Biblical

Desire to be Biblical December 7, 2012

What I’d like to know is what happens if Junia shows up? Or Phoebe? or Deborah? or Huldah? Any exceptions to the policy? 

The Christian Union at Bristol University decides women cannot teach unless their husbands are present. There is both nothing all that new here, but this illustrates selectivity in deciding which texts will play the major part.

Bristol University Christian Union have forbidden women from speaking at their weekly meetings.

The ban reflects the recent decision by the Church of England synod to reject the introduction of female bishops, consequently ignoring the last century of the equal rights movement.

Having spent ‘a lot of time exploring this issue, seeking God’s wisdom on it and discussing it together’ the CU executive committee decided that it is not appropriate for women to teach alone at weekly meetings, or be the main speaker at the CU weekend away.

Women are also banned from speaking alone at the group’s mission weeks.

However, it’s not all gloom and doom: women are allowed to speak as a double act with their husbands. Those who are unmarried must remain silent.

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  • James Petticrew

    Made me want to cry and of course the umbrella group for CUs in the UK, UCCF has never taken a position on this, but it looks like a small group has imposed their interpretation on the group there by rendering one of the main inter evangelical groups no longer inter-evangelical as those who take another view have been excluded. Its on a par with a group of Charismatics voting that only those who speak in tongues could be leaders of the CU as leaders must be Spirit filled and that is the evidence for them.

    WIth the recent vote by the CofE on Women’s bishops this has really played into the hands of the press to once again portray the church as anti-women.

  • RJS

    This follow-up article should be read as well: Bristol University Christian Union performs U-turn on female speakers

    It said: “The executive committee now wish to make clear that we will extend speaker invitations to both women and men, to all BUCU events, without exception. BUCU is utterly committed to reflecting the core biblical truth of the fundamental equality of women and men.”

    The statement added it was “well known” that Christian churches differed on the question of women’s ministry. It said: “BUCU is not a church, but a student society, so it has never had a formal policy on women’s ministry.

  • I really wish more outlets were conveying the truth that the majority of votes, even in the synod that ultimately failed to accept women bishops, were in FAVOR of such women bishops. The failure was due to a lack of the 2/3rds-majority needed, but there was still a clear majority.

  • Scot,
    The rejection of female bishops by the has really been a doubletake.
    You need to trademark your last line of the post or make it a title of your next book.

  • Craig

    I’d have a measure of respect for these fellas if they’d also blind and castrate themselves to avoid lust.

  • Scott

    More than once over the past few years I have asked UCCF leaders about the role of women in Christian Union groups in the UK. The answer is always the same. There is a variety of ways each Christian Union deals with the issue. They emphasize student leadership in each university and each college, so different student leaders, under the influence of different churches, Christian leaders and movements, choose different practices and policies for their own Christian Union. The original Bristol policy is much the same as in several other Christian Unions, often at major universities. Bristol just got the press attention about it this time. But other Christian Unions have much more open policies without any restrictions on women.

    It will be very interesting to see if this Bristol controversy changes things at specific universities and colleges, or even nationwide, in the future.