Bristol University Christian Union ungags women

A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet – 1 Timothy 2:11-12

THIS bit of biblical baloney was most likely at the root of a university Christian union’s recent decision not to allow women to preach at its main meetings.

Such was the outrage after the gagging order was issued that the Bristol University Christian Union (BUCU) did an immediate U-turn and has now said it will allow both sexes to preach at all events.

Last night, according to the Guardian, BUCU put out a statement saying it would now allow women to teach at all its events.

It said:

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.

The statement added it was “well known” that Christian churches differed on the question of women’s ministry.

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.

The university’s students’ union (UBU) launched an investigation after the emergence of an email in which BUCU members were informed that women would not be asked to preach – unless, in the case of a handful of married students, they are accompanied by their husband.

The decision, according to this report:

Represents the latest sign of the growing influence of conservative evangelical teaching, particularly among younger Christians.

The whole “silent women” thing is analysed here from a Christian perspective. Talk about hooks and wriggling worms!

Hat tip: Ivan, BarrieJohn and Agent Cormac