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McKay: Women should have equal opportunities at ACU

By Special Contributor
Posted on April 11, 2013 | Letters to the Editor,Opinion | 4 comments

By Liz McKay, sophomore social work major from Wichita, Kan.

Dear Dr. Schubert:

Let me begin by expressing my gratitude for all of the change that has been happening on campus as of late. Compared to the past, there has been an incredible push for including women in many aspects of campus life, such as scripture reading in chapel and increased women speakers. The effects have been noticed and greatly appreciated by a vast number of both students and staff. Thank you.

However, I am writing this letter to ask for the equal participation of women in all aspects of campus life. Although we have had a great start, the complete inclusion of women is a goal that is long overdue on our campus. The push for women’s rights on our campus is akin to the push for minority rights that occurred fifty years ago. Both are human rights issues.

The issue that concerns most is the participation of women worship leaders during chapel services. I am asking that women be granted the ability to lead worship during chapel. By not allowing women to lead singing during Chapel, the university is discriminating against over half of the campus. If Abilene Christian University will grant a woman a Master’s of Divinity, why, then, is she not allowed to lead worship during mandatory chapel services?

I want to thank you for taking the time to read this letter. I love this campus and only desire for it to become even more Christ-like. Above all, I hope that the voices of the women of Abilene Christian can be heard just as loud as their male counterparts, as we are all equal in Christ.

Respectfully yours,

Elizabeth C. McKay

McKay wrote this letter to Dr. Phil Schubert, president of the university, for an assignment in her SOCW 329 Diversity, Power and Oppression course. The assignment was to create a presentation about a group that advocates for a marginalized group of people and advocate for it locally.

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4 Responses for “McKay: Women should have equal opportunities at ACU”

  1. avatar bcolebennett says:

    This is an interesting discussion and well worth the dialogue. However, it has no real analog to the civil rights movement, which was a effort to gain state-sponsored constitutional rights for all American citizens. Women have the constitutional right to participate in their churches already. Whether the churches have further restrictions is a private matter, and a woman can choose participate freely, as a matter of national law, in whichever church she feels matches her private interests.

  2. avatar kln05a says:

    1 Timothy 2:8-15
    8Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing. 9 I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, 10 but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.

    11 A woman[a] should learn in quietness and full submission. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man;[b] she must be quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. 15 But women[c] will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.

    How can you contest scripture? God appointed MEN to direct and lead the Church. Women have a role, but not a leading role.

    • avatar David Singer says:

      I’d be interested to hear more of your opinion on this. I don’t believe it is ever about “contesting” scripture. It is a document that requires a lot of in-depth reading and a struggle for understanding, not one with a straight forward meaning that we can simply stand by. It’s full of metaphors, analogies and in many places, in my opinion, is not meant to be taken literally. For example, I’m interested to know if you follow verse 9 in this passage as strictly and as literally as the rest.


    • avatar rxw11a says:

      I believe that the Bible has a lot to say on the subject of the role of women. However, those were different times, and just as we no longer follow many old-testament laws because they are no longer culturally relevant, I think that the submission of women was also a cultural value (do not think by any means I’m saying the Bible is no longer culturally relevant, just that it should be taken with a grain of salt). If you truly believed and took literally everything in this passage, verse 15 says “Women will be saved through childbearing”. Does that mean you believe women who can’t have children, either due to medial problems or lack of a spouse, can’t be saved?

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