Monday, August 31, 2009

Sinking Stomach

Well, POOP!

After the vote on the Human Sexuality statement at the Churchwide Assembly for the ELCA, I knew there would be some sort of reaction in my parish. But I hadn't even heard a murmer, and was thinking that it might actually not be too big of a deal for my people.

And then my secretary called me today. Members of one of the three congregations I serve apparently are freaking out BIG time and are contemplating two alternatives - 1. leave their congregation or 2. take the congregation out of the ELCA. None of them wanted to tell me about their impromptu meeting this last Sunday (it was my Sunday off) where they all freaked out and talked about these things, because they didn't want to upset me...which of course upsets me far more than if they had been upfront with me in the first place.

Making this all the more fun is the fact that I could go into labor at any moment. And they're talking about doing something radical right away, they're so upset. So this is going to be just one PEACHY maternity leave. I sent an SOS to my bishop, and he's planning on calling me tomorrow afternoon, so hopefully some good advice is coming my way.

Crap, crap, crap, crap.


PS (PSanafter-thought) said...

If they got their info from the press, they undoubtedly got incomplete information, and likely information that was not completely factual. I've been reading LOTS on line about this. It is amazing how many of the reports don't agree. It is also amazing that when a subject is summarized, as is necessary for a news article, sometimes the summary so guts the content that it becomes untrue in the pared down form. Just one example: that the ELCA now will ordain gay pastors. The ELCA as well as many other denominations have always ordained gay pastors, some with restrictions, and some with a one-eye-closed don't ask don't tell policy.

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