by Captain Danielle Strickland
Writer: Capt. Danielle Strickland is currently the Social Justice Director of the Southern Australia Territory.
digs traveling, reading, running, speaking, basketball and movies.
passion is grace, mercy and justice… and all the stuff in between.
favourite question is 'how hard can it be?' and most of her
days are spent answering it.
Fantastic post, Danielle
describes the Salvation Army
(TSA) as working in such a way that though equality for married male and female officers is being outworked at corps level, on the organisational responsibility levels, up to and including General, married women officers are in effect being sidelined.
identifies one of the reasons for this as a subtle yet increasing theological and systemic shift towards a belief in headship as a scriptural principle, a belief which she
rejects as contrary to the Bible's
Now I certainly do not consider Danielle
a 'whiner', a 'femi-nazi', or a 'threat' for presenting her
view as she
I agree with her
that plain speaking is vital.
I find her
articles stimulating, and have found her
blog challenging and encouraging.
I'm sure she
doesn't need my recommendation, but I would encourage anyone to add her
blog to their regular reads.
I would even go so far as to suggest that there is a 'prophetic' element in her
However, I would suggest that TSA's experience could also be explained by saying that headship is indeed a Scriptural principle; and because this is so, and because it is written into the fabric of life, this is 'one' of the reasons TSA has struggled with the issues as described by Danielle
(though in saying that, I am not necessarily justifying the 'married women's ghetto' approach as a solution).
But then, on the later explanation, in upholding headship as a Scriptural principle, how do I account for the fact that the Lord has used, and uses certain women officers in TSA
in the way that He
I personally have benefited greatly from the ministry of Salvation Army women officers and soldiers.
I was saved through the work of TSA
takes great care to, on the one hand show the awful seriousness of what is done to women officers, and on the other hand honor those women who, though stuck in the ghetto, shine brighter than many others who have been given advantages they didn't deserve.