August 14, 2011 § Leave a comment
Women are leaving churches! Huzzah!
Church attendance among women dropped by 11 percentage points to 44 percent of the U.S. population. This means a majority of women no longer attend church services during a typical week.
Blow the trumpets!
After going through a list of things less women engage in, such as reading the Bible and volunteering, the study did find one number that went up:
The only increasing behavior covered in the survey was the number of women who don’t attend church: 17 percent.
Parade! Let’s have a parade!
So what explains the drop off in Christian women’s church involvement? For one thing, women don’t have the time to volunteer that they may have had 20 years ago. Economic necessity and social forces continue to drive women to work outside of the home in greater numbers. But perhaps the steady drop in church involvement can be traced to many Christian faith’s insistence on a male based power structure and oppressive political stances?
Short answer: Yes. I still remember being disillusioned as a child when I realized I could never be a pastor, even though I felt I was very close to God. It didn’t make sense that God would say I couldn’t preach for him when he obviously thought I was worth spending time with.
Anywho, on with the good news! And since this is all heathen and stuff, we should probably celebrate with something really evil, like a baby barbecue or, I know! A trip to the evil movie house!