My pre-order should just about be here. My friend Maggi Dawn’s latest publication – Like the Wideness of the Sea: Women Bishops and the Church of England (2013 / 96 pages) – a very timely and “classy” publication written against the backdrop of the Church of England’s decision that women priests in it’s church cannot be Bishops; a deeply sad decision made all he more sadder for me because in this country, in this part of the Anglican Family, women can be, and are serving as bishops.
I can’t speak highly enough of Maggi’s writing – she has a wonderful gift – and I’m very much looking forward to this latest addition to the books she’s written; all of which are compulsory reading for me.
Meantime, another good friend, Steve Taylor (who’s books / articles are also a compulsory read for me), has penned a very positive review from England.
Here’s an excerpt:
“…[Maggi] outlines a theology of waiting, as a spiritual discipline embedded in the life and liturgy of the church. She argues persuasively that waiting includes times when God waits for us to act. She mounts a cultural critique of English ‘niceness’ and the damage done when truth and justice are smothered in platitudes. In other words, at times waiting is the most sinful response to a situation of injustice.
Third, it tells a story, of being a woman in ministry. It is a story Maggi Dawn is eminently suited to write, being one of the first woman priests to train in the Church of England. It is harrowing to read, a story of a church that has found ways to behave badly, in deeply sexist patterns, and the damage this has, and is, causing. It made me ashamed to be a male and should mean some corporate Anglican work at Colleges and denominationally on safe workplace environments. One result is the loss of enormously gifted people from the church and the reduction of the full flourishing, both of individuals and churches. The body of Christ is being harmed.
It is wonderfully written, concise and cohesive. It moves smoothly between theology, literature, spirituality and experience. The title is a case in point, elegantly referencing the books key interpretive metaphor, the struggles in the Church of England, place in Maggi’s sense of call and her current location. It is very classy writing…”