Here's a picture of the lads - these are the camp directors - at UCG (United Church of God) meeting to plan the 2016 season of church camps for preteens and teens. President Vic Kubik comments "Great group of guys..."
Indeed. But where are the women? Are women incapable of organizing things like camps? Let me tell you from personal experience, they're indispensable.
And of course, when it comes to the real work on camps, women hold those things together. But maybe things are different in the US to New Zealand.
But I doubt it.
So why no women at the top table when it comes to planning these events? Surely these old codgers could do with the perspective and balance that the other 50% of the population can bring to the table.
But I doubt the fellows in the photo even thought about it. It's just another blind spot in COG culture. The big table is a big boys' perk. The ladies should feel privileged just to serve them the coffee.
Which, Vic, is why UCGIA is spinning its wheels when it comes to engaging with the up and coming generation, ironically the very people it's trying to retain by providing a camping programme. A programme which presumably includes young women as well as young men.
Speaking of which, are any of these blokes under forty?