Here is something fabulous the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem is doing:

Funding the Princess Basma Center and School for Disabled Children. Established in 1965 as a place for children crippled in a polio myelitis epidemic, it now serves children with physical and mental/social disabilities and their mothers.

The facility provides housing for mothers and children to stay for 2-4 weeks to learn about the child’s disability as well as the therapies that will help their children. The mothers also go to women’s empowerment classes so that they can be advocates for their children and themselves when they return to their communities. Often the women are blamed for the children’s disabilities. We toured speech, physical and hydrotherapy units where the three work in trinity - the mother, the child, and the therapist. It was an amazing and deeply grace-filled place.

Here is something not so fabulous the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem is doing:

The Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem has yet to recognize women as clergy. In recent years, they have acknowledged that it is important to move in that direction, however, I met a female Episcopal priest from Hawaii, serving as warden for St. George’s College for a year.

She is not allowed to celebrate the Eucharist here, but she was assisting on the altar last Sunday. That means she washes the Bishop’s hands and administers a chalice, like our lay chalice bearers.

She told me when it came to her turn to receive communion, the Bishop skipped over her. She felt it was an intentional gesture as many people witnessed his omission. She was angry and hurt. And I am, too, for her and for all women in the church who are not treated fairly and equally, going all the way back to Mary Magdalene. Surely we are equal in the sight of God!