At last the full text of Bishop Victoria Matthew's address to the WATCH/Open Synod meeting in England at the beginning of July is on the web, courtesy of Thinking Anglicans. The whole is well worth a read, but here are a couple of excerpts with an element of provocation (i.e. provoking us to think differently)!
"So again let me say that speaking about the idea of women in the episcopate does seem a bit odd to me. Believe in it? I live the reality. But let me also say that if you are experiencing this conversation and my presence as something of a disaster, an earthquake happening out of the blue, than please know you will be a casualty if you do not actually engage the earthquake. Sitting in shock as your house comes down in not healthy. Earthquakes require response and recovery because the one thing that will not happen is that they go away and life continues as normal. Earthquakes change your experience of life and knowing that is the first step to a healthy and life-saving response."
Bishop Victoria speaks clearly and powerfully about the role of Mary Magdalene as Apostle to the Apostles, but also says this about Mary the Mother of Jesus as sacramental leader:
"I suggest to you that Paul was enough of an Alpha male that he was most interested in gathering the leaders. Both male and female Christians are his target. This strongly suggests to me that women held positions of leadership in the early church and that this was recognized and acted on by Saul. But as a catholic as well as evangelical Christian I find the strongest argument is the Virgin Mary who grows in her womb the body and blood of Christ, the incarnate Son of God. She is therefore the first celebrant of the Eucharist. “Let it be according to your word.” "
Bishop Victoria also has some very interesting and moving things to say about being a woman bishop in relation to bishops of Anglican and other churches who do not agree with woman bishops.