Justice and Gender – ‘being a woman’

Photo of Alison EareyAlison Earey reports back from a Lay Readers Training Day

Recently I attended a Christian Aid Training day for Lay Readers in the diocese. Revd Dr Susan Durber talked about defining justice and the major issues affecting justice in the world.

She said that justice is about:

• seeing things as they are
• having a reverent vision of others
• setting others free

Interestingly, Susan said that the biggest single issue to do with injustice and inequality today is ‘being a woman’. It used to be thought that it was about having access to clean water and food.

Susan pointed out that Genesis 1: 26-27 was written at a time when women were seen as an alien being. The passage reads thus:

Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.
So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.’

She went on the say that the word for humankind from the Hebrew apparently is a non-gendered being and it is only when God takes the rib from the non-gendered being that we have male and female.

My reflection is that God created equally but society has brought division between the sexes. Jesus too was a radical who brought equality, and even St Paul, who has been widely misunderstood and misrepresented as a woman hater because of the way that his writing has been taken out of context, presents a radical challenge to injustice: Galatians 3:28.

Christian Aid Justice and Gender posterChristian Aid supports the work of many people throughout the world in very practical ways. Here are some things they suggest that we could to do to change the world to eradicate injustice:
• Meet practical needs..
• Address long term structural needs..
• Change laws
• Change the way we think about gender..
• Encourage strong women’s movements
• Believe in the dignity and equality of all human beings..
• Change the world for our daughters..
• Change what it means to be a man…
• ‘Leave no one behind.’

Alison is a Licensed Lay Reader from St John’s (since 2009). 



7th May 2015 Posted in: News, St John's Stories by Stella Jennings 0

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