Sunday, February 15, 2009

The Joy Division...Not

We are playing church hooky this morning...I woke up, or more accurately Gertie woke me up, this morning with the best intentions, but somewhere between 7:30 and 8:00 am my body and mind declared, "No mas." Ditto Fellow Traveler. We're just tired. This past week has exhausted us. We want to have a quiet weekend with our diminished family wagons in a circle. (We're attending a Worship Workshop Weekend at church this coming Saturday -- basically bootcamp for anyone interested in helping during the service in any way -- that involves walk-throughs of Sunday worship for potential lectors, Communion assistants and other dramatis personae. So we are going to be churched, and churched good, by next week.)

Anyway...I am laughing because, over on Beliefnet's "Crunchy Con" blog, a regular named Iraeneus has taken to calling me HeretikChik. As I've mentioned, I read this blog simply as a representative of the loyal opposition -- even though I'm sure Rod and his friends would argue the "loyal" point -- but to me it's gotten increasingly nasty, negative and paranoid. Which makes me wonder, again, why Christians have such a tendency toward meanness and gracelessness. I thought we were supposed to be a joyful people, living in Christian hope. Hell -- give me a roomful of Buddhists or pagans any day.

4 comments:

Songbird said...

Yeah. I hope you found some family peace today.

Auntie Knickers said...

Sad, isn't it? We did go to church today and enjoyed Evolution Sunday with a good sermon on Darwin and God, and hymns and anthem accordingly (the anthem was Earth and All Stars). I'm glad you are taking care of yourselves this hard week. Do you have the day off tomorrow?

LutherPunk said...

I've noticed the same thing about the Crunchy Con blog. I started reading it after I read his book (which I actually quite liked), and in the past months it seems to have become increasingly snarky. Honestly, I think it has to do with the blog having run its course and now really grasping for something for subjects.

Mary Sue said...

Which makes me wonder, again, why Christians have such a tendency toward meanness and gracelessness. I thought we were supposed to be a joyful people

Well, there's your problem right there! We're people. In the paraphrased words of Fr. Andrew Greeley, it'd be a perfect Church if God had left it in the hands of the Seraphs, but instead She gave it over to us humans and we just do the best we can.

And boy howdy, you wanna see meanness and gracelessness? You bring the wrong dish to Full Moon Goddess potluck. Pagans and Buddhists are people, too, and just as succeptable to drama as Christians.