It certainly has been a blog of fluff lately and for all of you fans of stomach viruses, teen driving issues and my JT crush I promise to return to such things soon.
I am on the PCUSA News Service email list so at least two to three times a day I get some sort of blurb from them. Mostly they are informative - PCUSA was one of the first responders to the devastating tornadoes that hit Florida a couple of weeks ago. Sometimes they are to help others publicize their ministry - we received a copy of a letter from a missionary in Kenya. Sometimes they are addressing the issues that a lot of pcusa'ers are sensitive about right now.
I usually leave these issues to the folks that can write using bigger words than I can and truthfully to those who are far more passionate about these things than I am.
It may be idealistic, but I just want to spread the Good News to the community through Word and deed and inspire others to do likewise. I don't have much time or patience for division, scruples and judgment.
But it is time for my own ‘ugh!’ The background of the story is that the schismatic conservatives of the pcusa have formed something called the New Wineskins. Now they have moved to all join the Evangelical Presbyterian Church… whatever, I don’t care. BUT the EPC leaves it up to individual congregations to ordain women and so of course there aren’t many - two to be exact and one of them is retiring.
To quote from the article,
"When that concern was raised the Rev. Carmen Fowler, NWAC vice-moderator, assured delegates that women would not be forgotten, and encouraged them to trust.
'I feel confident in saying that the brothers involved are
not going to let the sisters involved fall by the wayside,
because frankly they know how much work we do,' she said."
ARGH!!!! I think I just spit up a little bit in my mouth!