Letters from 12
to 18 November 2007
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Plebs sancta Dei:
give them the vote?
your editorial last
week I was struck by how often the church misuses
the talents of the people especially the clergy.
In many parishes,
the one or two who have been called to ordination are expected to
be masters of all trades. Is it any wonder that so many clergy suffer
from burn-out or become disillusioned with their calling from God? Ordination
does not magically gift an individual with skills as a preacher,
teacher, administrator, counselor, font of wisdom, biblical scholar,
carpenter, electrician or plumber. Although, too often that is the
On the other
hand, too many clergy are afraid to give up control of everything
that goes on in the church. A trait that seems be especially prevalent
in the Episcopate where some bishops seem terrified that the laity
may not only have different opinions but actually seek to implement
time we examined the structure of the church so that bishops become
the pastoral servants of the will of the laity rather than the
decision makers. With the
communication technology available today, surely the laity can have
a vote (not just Synod delegates) to decide policy that would be
binding on the management (Episcopate).
St. Stephen's Church
Calgary, Alberta, CANADA
13 November 2007
read The Peter Principle ?
St Mary's Church, Inverurie
Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, SCOTLAND
14 November 2007
in California . . .
short video and slide presentation is
a wonderful glimpse of the recent (10 November 2007) ordination
of the Reverend Mary Gray-Reeves, new bishop of the Diocese of El
Camino Real: http://www.mercurynewsphoto.com/blog/2007/11/11/episcopal-bishop-ordained/
St. Timothy's Church, Mountain View
Sunnyvale, California, USA
15 November 2007
. . . and
justly grumbling in Nigeria
is there so much fracas over
the Lambeth Conference? Funny, one would think that the best
way to solve differences would be to get together and indulge
in a lot of jaw-jaw, rather than do the opposite. Not only are
various African provinces threatening to pull out, so are some
American bishops, etc...
the amount of leeway we've allowed the devil to exercise in what
should be God's church. Shame on us.
St. Andrew's Church, Aladinma, Owerri
Owerri, Imo State, NIGERIA
12 November 2007
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