Came across a really good blog and in particular post on it via Maggi Dawn who's also worth a read!
The post in question considers the role of woman in the emerging church movement and can be found on Rachelles blog here. I think the post is very much worth a read, because as well as considering the role of woman in church it's also an insightful critique at the same time of evangelical theology, social power structures and the reality of a world which as a white male I tend to miss through not noticing from my socially advantaged position!
I think I'm rather a feminist and posts like this make me feel a host of things but all passionately! I feel angry at structures that oppress freedom for individuals to contribute the gifts God has given and to fully be the person God has created them. I feel scared of my own naivete. I fumble over how I can make a difference. I feel protective (how paternal rather than chauvinistic ;-) ) over Rhianna's future. I want to poke lots of male church leaders and say wake up and deal with the arrogance and power you wield discriminatorily!
She also alludes in passing to ethnic diversity and all the same points stand. I guess this illustrates some of the issues highlighted in my blog below about the Theology of the Stranger. Church in the Uk is assumed to be white and male. Anyone else is a stranger.
Praise God for diversity, for equality and for freedom.