I cheated at church. My best friend and I explored every corner as children. She led me to secret passageways, and we somehow slid through. These abstractions surface in my dreams occasionally, passages in wrinkled waves, lit with golden honeysuckle and bitter dandelions.
A former Roman Catholic nun, a friend of mine, is now an Episcopal priest in Los Angeles. Anne Tumilty is rector of St. James' Church, South Pasadena. Years ago we interacted without quite realizing it.
Their call-to-trousers has drawn strongly positive and negative (even vicious) reactions from LDS Church members. And it's made it clear how deeply thoughtful, civil conversation about gender is needed in Mormon communities.
Although the Coptic text may be too dated to reflect Jesus' marital status, it is a reminder of his unusual ability to shape cultural conversation -- not least of all where women are concerned. Perhaps the world is still waiting to catch up to this man.
The worldwide Bahá'í community has been at the forefront of the movement to advance the rights of women since its start more than 160 years ago, resulting in countless Bahá'í women of startlingly diverse backgrounds influencing many fields.
If women and their bodies are not seen as subjects that are worthy of respect and protection validated by God, then abuse and violence of women can be considered justified. The Hebrew Bible suggests that God at one time ordained them.
In American Soto Zen, we have, maybe for the first time in any continuous ancient religious tradition, full inclusion for women, who can now be fully ordained priests, abbots and Zen masters side by side with men.