Well. First there was John Dear, then John Bell, and then John Shelby Spong. And now (as the Monty Python crowd “sang”) here comes another one…
No, not another “John”. Another “theologian” to help us explore the “boundaries” of the Christian faith. Cathnews had the following announcement last Thursday (yes, I know your correspondent is a little behind the times):
Women Making the Vision Happen
Renowned American Catholic writer Sr Joan Chittister will be visiting Australia in mid-July at the invitation of Women and the Australian Church (WATAC). She will be speaking with theologian Sr Ann Gilroy on “Women making the vision happen” in Sydney on 21-22 July. Benedictine Sr Chittister will also givea public talk on 19 July for the Good Samaritan Sisters. [info].
Look, seriously, I’ve had a look at the WATAC Website, at their “issues” and their “story” and their “vision”, and I can’t really fault any of it. I think its great that they want:
to provide a forum for those searching and longing for an inclusive church.
to nourish them in diverse ways.
to act for justice in local and global issues.
to promote Christian feminism which has its roots in gospel values, which are transformative of both the individual and the social situation.
to provide healing and hope.
to celebrate multiple images of God on the path to freedom and transcendence***
to give birth to a transformed church.
The language might not be exactly the language I would use, and they might give the words meanings which would make these sentiments mean things completely beyond the pale, but hey, that’s what dialogue is all about, isn’t it? Using ambiguous language to say what I want to say and still let you say what you want to say, but make it sound like we’re saying the same thing?…
[Reader: Come on, Schütz, now you’re being naughty.
Schütz: Sorry. I’ll stop now.]
***Actually, I have my doubts about this one…sounds like a production line for idolatry…