Archive for December, 2010

Pop quiz, take II

Monday, December 6th, 2010

The General Ordination Exams used to feature what were known as “coffee-hour questions” – short-answer questions that might actually come up over coffee and donut holes after church, and which demand theological, historical, liturgical, and pastoral acumen from a clergyperson. My son posed me a good one which I reported here, a couple of years ago.

I got another in my inbox when I opened my mail just now. We have one outspoken traditionalist in our current parish; she participates principally by being active in the choir. The Boss made a strategic decision to invite her to join the worship committee, so that she would feel heard as the worship committee tries to take a fresh look at some aspects of our worship life. I think the jury is still out on whether that was a brilliant move or an utter disaster. Anyway.

So today he sent out a tentative agenda for this week’s meeting, and she wrote back saying she wanted to raise the issue of people being disrespectful to our music director by getting up, moving around, and talking during the postlude. (more…)