Well, in case you missed it. At the start of this week, the Huffington Post, published the following little story:
A university’s Christian society has banned women from speaking at events and teaching at meetings, unless they are accompanied by their husband, it has been revealed.
The Bristol University Christian Union (BUCU) had originally decided women would be allowed to teach at meetings after their international secretary resigned in protest, but the group has since changed its policy.
Read more on Huffington Post.
The resulting “upset” in the news and on Twitter prompted the following strongly worded press release from Bristol CU via UCCF:
Bristol University Christian Union (BUCU) deplores the recent exaggerations and misrepresentations in some parts of the media of its position on women’s ministry in the church.
It is well known that Christian churches differ on this question. BUCU is not a church, but a student society, so it has never had a formal policy on women’s ministry.
In recent months, the Executive Committee have been exploring ways in which BUCU can best accommodate members with divergent and strongly held convictions, while expressing our unity as Christian believers. In line with our basic position throughout that process, which has not been widely publicised, the Executive Committee now wish to make clear that we will extend speaker invitations to both women and men, to all BUCU events, without exception.
BUCU is utterly committed to reflecting the core biblical truth of the fundamental equality of women and men.
Well. The story seemed to calm down after that. Then an interesting little article appeared on the Guardian: