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.
Posted by Daria Schaffnit at 11:40 AM