Friday, 22 April 2011

On Forgiveness ...

Well worth a watch. Bettany Hughes' BBC TV programme on forgiveness. Recommended.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Special Commission, Moratorium, General Assembly

For information, here is the latest communication from the Principal Clerk about the Special Commission on Same Sex Relationships and the Ministry...

"The Report of the Special Commission on Same Sex Relationships and the Ministry will officially be released on Thursday 21st April. While there has already been some speculation in the media as to its content you will soon see for yourself that its conclusions and recommendations have not been fully and fairly represented.

However, the lifting of the embargo on the Report does not mean the lifting of the moratorium instructed by the General Assembly of 2009. With a few exceptions the moratorium has been respected and it will be important in these last few weeks before the General Assembly for due restraint to be exercised in order that the will of the Assembly continues to be upheld.

The Office of the General Assembly, therefore, respectfully reminds ministers and office bearers that it will be for the General Assembly to discuss and debate the contents of the Report. Therefore, ministers and office-bearers should not allow themselves to be drawn into making comments to the media nor to conduct a debate in columns of the press.

Rev John Chalmers
Principal Clerk"

Hmm, again....

There we were, socialising, and I bumped into a pal. We traded light-hearted banter about Prof Dawkins, belief and atheism. All in good heart. I made fun of RD, my pal stood up for him. All fine and dandy and perfectly healthy. The thing is, I had a 'Hmm' moment afterwards.

I realised that I react to RD (and the so called 'New Atheists') as if they are loud hectoring bullies. My pal says RD is a good thing 'because he stands up for us atheists'. So, does my friend see people like me, churches, religious leaders etc. as loud hectoring bullies? On reflection, I also react to people in the churches whose views I do not share as if they are 'loud hectoring bullies'.  This means that I am motivated by fear which cannot be a good thing.

Experience tells me that the use and abuse of power is a reality in every walk of life, religious, secular, whatever. We all play power games. The question I am thinking 'Hmm' about is: "How self-aware am I about the power I have and how I use it?" Hmm.....

So thanks, friend, for making me think. 

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

A Place of Hope

In view of the well documented contribution of churches, faiths and religious groups to social conflict here is one example of the other side of the story.... A Place of Hope