Friday, July 13, 2007

Man Church

I have been looking with some colleagues, at this idea of a "man church" that is springing up. In this "church," men over 18 seek to take back church because it, as well as clergy, has become too feminized. I read something today that might shed some light on this idea. I wonder if this is just another modern vs. post-modern reaction. Heath White writes in Post-Modernism 101, "the modern era emphasized reason at the expense of qualities like emotion and intuition, and the reason/emotion dichotomy was often thought to be embodied in the distinction between the sexes--men more rational, women more emotional--so that men were the preferred gender. In contrast, the post-modern era has seen a reaction against this tendency to exalt reason and denigrate women." I wonder if this shift is at least part of what is causing reactions like the "man church."

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Putting the "fun" in funeral

I have a funeral coming up and I have been trying to think of some creative ways to make it a little different from usual. The last funeral I did, I tried doing some of it in second person. It was interesting and I really liked it for that specific occasion. If anyone has anything they have done or like to do on a regular basis that is a little different... please share!

Saturday, July 07, 2007

License to Wed

So I was watching the movie "License to Wed" the other day and something occurred to me. It was a pretty funny movie, although kinda cheezy as you might expect. The thing that got me was that this minister pretty much dedicated an entire three weeks to this one couple as if there was no other responsibilities that he had in the church. Now, I know this was just a movie but I really think that some people think this is the way things should be. It's funny how some people in the church see pastors and think they don't have anything else going on or any life outside of the church, or even outside of their lives. I try to always make people feel special, like they are the only ones that I am dealing with at any given moment... and I guess that takes on a reality of its own sometimes. This movie helped put that in perspective for me and I noticed things about this issue that I hadn't noticed before! It's a funny film, I recommend it!