After reading the discussion on Susan Russell's blog, An Inch at a Time about the discussion about women becoming bishops in England, one commenter mentioned the Vicar of Dibley, and specifically the first episode....
I'm not sure how long these videos will stay up on youtube, but while you have a chance, you should check them out. If you're not familiar with this wonderful BBC series, you are in for a treat. In the small British town of "Dibley" there is a new "Vicar" (priest serving a parish, sometimes with the salary paid in part by the bishop) at the local Anglican (what we in the U.S. call Episcopal) Church. To many people's horror, the new vicar is.... a WOMAN! And, what a wonderful person she is,...in many ways! As the English Church is now debating whether there should be female bishops in the church, it is quite interesting to look at the first episode of the Vicar of Dibley (just click below). If you go over to youtube, you can see the remainder of this episode by clicking HERE.
I'm a big fan of the show, and yes, I do know that it is not necessarily an accurate description of the clergy in England, but it is still a great deal of fun!
Check it out,
~ The Rev. Peter M. Carey