Originally Posted by MittensKittens
What Christian denomination are these women?
I am very proud that there is a women currently filling the highest position in the Episcopal church. Not the highest position a woman
can hold, but the highest anyone
can hold. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop. She was elected by male and female clergy and laity.
Our denomination got to this place, I suspect, not through feminism (though I and my partner are both proud to call ourselves feminists and christians), but through running headfirst into the issues of homosexuality and transgenderedness. While other churches try not to deal with it/ pretend there are no queer christians, ours has confronted the issue and made quite a bit of progress. *Every church will have to confront it eventually, but many are not yet ready.*
If you are looking for an "egalitarian" church (believing one's role in church is not dependent on gender), I'd recommend finding one that has a history of accepting queer families. They are so "over" gender and tend to focus on more important things. A few I can think of now: most Episcopal/Anglican, most Anglo-catholic, most ELCA Lutheran, some Presbyterian, most Quakers, some Mennonites, basically all United Church of Christ, some Old Order Catholics...I'm sure there are more I'm forgetting. Keywords that denote queer-friendly: "welcoming" and "reconciling in Christ."
The other option for gender roles in churches is a philosophy called "complimentarianism," which most Evangelicals, Roman Catholics, and Orthodox Christians hold to-- the idea that men and women are equal in value but were made different and given different roles. I was raised in this view and rejected it when it became apparent God had made me a very butch sort of female.