I am very pleased to begin writing for the Big Bible website. Through the Internet different kinds of Christians can get to know each other. At last we’re putting centuries of fighting behind us.
I am an Anglican and I am also a young chicken priest. I was ordained in the Hedgerow Church of England. I recently volunteered for 4 months as a social media mascot in the human Church of England. My job involved tweeting, blogging and having my photo taken.
Hedgerow Anglicans are extremely liberal compared to human Anglicans. Our first female bishop was Jemima, a hare. She took office in 1966.
I suppose it makes a difference to our theology that the Bible is a mostly human story (although ultimately it is about all Creation). Whether the apostles were male or female makes no difference to us. None were hares or chickens or even frogs. We have no reason to care whether the humans that first spread the Gospel were male or female.
I enjoyed being a #digidisciple on Twitter. It gave me the opportunity to talk to Christians who think that human women shouldn’t be priests and bishops. At first I thought it was because they believed women were less able than men. I have learnt that it is not so simple. These individuals hold complex theological ideas. I don’t agree with them, but thanks to Twitter I understand them better and I don’t want to peck them anymore.
Twitter also gave me the chance to talk to people who don’t go to church. As a chicken I find that I can act as a bridge between human Christians and humans with other beliefs.
It’s good to be different.