Kirsten Busch Nielsen, Lisbet Christoffersen, Peter Garde, Peter Lodberg
1 Section for Systematic Theology, Faculty of Theology, Aarhus University, Aarhus University2 School of Culture and Society - Systematic Theology, subject, School of Culture and Society, Arts, Aarhus University3 School of Culture and Society - Systematic Theology, subject, School of Culture and Society, Arts, Aarhus University
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This article looks into what lies behind the talk of a gender neutral ministry. Through an examination of the debate and the legislation on women’s access to the ministry of the folk church in the years between 1918 and 1947, it is demonstrated how the, in an Evangelical-Lutheran context, traditionally gender neutral ministry was never tied to a definite sex, the male sex, till the legislation of 1920 (regarding rectifying the lack of pastors), of 1921 (regarding equal access to public posts) and, subsidiarily, of 1922 (regarding access to pastoral ministry in the folk church). The point of the ar-ticle is that when some maintain that the state, with its law changes in 1947, interfered in the church’s internal matters, this is simply not true. Quite to the contrary, the state interfered in the years 1920 to 1947, whereby it obstructed the communities’ freedom and obligation to call a pastor. Simultaneously, the article warns against overstretching the gender neutral character of ministry to a demand that the pastor should act as a “gender neutral” male.