Male pastors shocked by sexist comments about female counterparts
Posted June 21, 2019 5:53 p.m. EDT
Updated June 21, 2019 6:41 p.m. EDT
It's not what you expect to hear, men of the cloth reading sexist comments about women.
Pastors with the United Methodist Church are doing it anyway, to make a very specific point to their congregations.
Here's just two of the comments:
"I can't concentrate on your sermon because you're so pretty.
"This is our little girl preacher ... you are looking fat."
Those are just a few actual comments received by female pastors working in Eastern North Carolina. The church decided it's time to change the narrative, and they started by enlisting the voices parishioners seem to listen to ... male clergy.
The comments in this video are sometimes misogynistic, at times sexist and sometimes, woefully inappropriate.
The men reading them are seeing these statements for the first time as they're on camera.
"No, no, no, no, no! I keep picturing you naked under your robe."
Pastor Jeff Babajtis was among the clergy involved in the project.
"We had to read over 50, one after another," Babajtis said.
He said a change in mindset should start with the Bible.
"Mary Magdalene, who was the first person at the tomb after the resurrection, who then went and told the rest of the disciples, I've seen the risen Lord, which means, she is the first preacher in Christianity."
Pastor Donna Thompson has been a member of the clergy for 18 years. She was at the conference last week, where the video was first played.
"i was hesitant as many were," Thompson said. "I said 'God you need to get somebody worthy,' and God's word to me was, 'Nobody is worthy, just being committed to serving him.'"
Thompson just wrapped up seven years at Avent Ferry United Methodist Church, where she was welcomed with open arms. She's off to another assignment, she said, and hopes more congregations are accepting of female clergy and it becomes less about their gender and all about their faith.