I am feeling a little less overwhelmed at the prospect of teaching at Redlands. I have looked over another instructor’s syllabus (which, by the way, I am fully using, with permission, of course). I have also had time to speak with her and ask her questions about how she does things. She has been very helpful. The dean of the department has also been a great help.
It turns out that this other instructor is also from Minco. She is full-time faculty at Redlands. It also turns out that she is Presbyterian, and she attends the PCUS church in El Reno. She asked me some questions about the differences in our church with hers. She told me she mentioned to the minister there that she was thinking of attending our church. He told her, “Oh, you wouldn’t want to do that. They don’t have a very high view of women.” So I told her it was true that we don’t ordain women. I am hopeful that we will have a chance to get to know each other more, and that she will see that Mark’s willingness to help with the kids while I am teaching this class is indicative of his (and the PCA’s) respect for women.