Monday, January 09, 2006

Why Mary Should Remain a Presbyterian

Okay, I can't really tell Mary (or anyone else, for that matter) why she should remain a Presbyterian. I can only explain why I have. Of course, I am currently a member of two churches, the other one being a UCC. But, the reason I am still a Presbyterian is because walking away would be like giving up. Just as I don't think moving to a "blue" state is the answer to 2004's very ugly election results, I don't think moving to a more-progressive-by-nature church will do the trick. There is more work to be done, in terms of progressive teaching/enlightening, in the Presbyterian Church than in the particular UCC where I am interning. I'm not so interested in "preaching to the choir," although our particular choir has some lovely members. There are good people who need to be exposed to more open-minded views, views I am happy to provide. That & the simple fact that the Presbyterian Church, despite all its dysfunctional quirks, feels like church to me. I was raised there. It feels right, if in need of some tinkering (AKA bringing into the 21st century). Oh, and I can't forget that I adore the current pastor & his wife, as well. I think there are going to be some exciting motions forward in the next several years & I'd like to be around to see them.

2 comments:

Salinas blogger said...

Jeeze, about time you told me that! (kidding) I had the discussion with my much loved former Dysfunctional Presbyterian Church associate pastor (who now has his own DPC in Berkeley) and he said pretty much the same thing. In the end, there's so much more work to be done ...

Daria de la Luna said...

So we keep plugging away, eh?