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Not because she was a Christian single female powerhouse who was doing amazing work among the young girls of a developing country. Because she was single. Flash forward a couple of decades to the present day. I was babysitting a family of outrageously adorable children and as we walked to the park, one of the girls asked me if I had a little girl of my own. I am a Christian woman in my mids, and I am single. Because I am single. According to the piece, we are living in a new era in our country in which there are more single women defined as never-married, widowed, divorced, or separated than married women.
For women under 30, the likelihood of being married has become astonishingly small: Today, only around 20 percent of Americans ages 18—29 are wed, compared to nearly 60 percent in Curious about the percentage of single women in churches, I decided to Christian single female into the s myself. Those s were similar to that of women in the Catholic Church 40 percent and among mainline Protestants 45 percent. Those s increased in Historically Black Protestant churches to 59 percent.
If I had more time and access to some stats software, I would crosstab these percentages with age in order to get a more complete picture. And any church leader worth his or her salt pun absolutely intended knows that communities of faith reap tremendous benefit from having single women — and men — in their congregations.
Single women tend to serve more in churches than their married counterparts. Church would not happen were it not for the dedication of single people and to be Christian single female, married couples without children. For centuries, the church has seen single men and women monastic orders or convents and devote themselves to God and to service.
I recently discussed this with an Episcopal priest who spent years in a monastic community. He pointed out that the reason for celibacy in these communities is largely to make oneself more open to divine intimacy with Christ. Certainly this bears out in his life. Which brings up an interesting conundrum.
I can say from my experience as a single woman in church again, mostly evangelical branches that there is much stigma around singleness. Despite the fact that Jesus himself was single and childless, that Paul was single and childless, and that women many of whom were unmarried were active in the early churchmarriage still seems to be a preferred status. Instead we think about ways to help single people become married. In doing so, we fail to celebrate the unique calling, however temporary or permanent it might be, that Christian single female have now, at this moment, in the church.
The delay of marriage for many of us in our 30s or 40s has little to do with being unmarriageable. For most of us, we have wanted to have husbands and families, but have also wanted to make use of our God-given gifts and talents. For many of us, it has not made spiritual sense to marry. Who would like to see her being taken from his side by some duty of attending a nocturnal gathering? At Easter time who will quietly tolerate her absence all the night? In fact, the trend that Traister lays out may in fact prove more beneficial and more humanizing to both men and women.
Instead of looking to a man to confer status, wealth, and security, women are now more free than ever to view men as partners and fellow human beings. Instead of looking at women as acquisitions meant to confer status and value, perhaps men will now feel Christian single female free to evaluate a woman based on her characterinstead of her looks.
And instead of looking to fellow sinners in need of grace, perhaps we will look to God, our Maker and Husbandthe only one who can truly give us worth, security, beauty, or value. Juliet is a freelance writer and consultant and full-time mom. A transplant from New York City, she has lived in DC for over seven years, but still walks too fast and wears too much black.
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