I had lunch today with 6 clergy from the Higganum area.
I like several of them very much--but I have trouble with them gathered around a table in a not-too-good restaurant.
Will Rogers said of Methodist clergy (I think it was) that they "were like manure. Spread out they did a lot of good, but all in one place, they tend to stink."
I just don't like being around a lot of ordained people. The one exception is my Tuesday morning group--but I know all those folks well and there are usually lay folks there as well. That makes it palatable.
Next Tuesday I have to go to an all-day "Safe Church Training" with other Episcopal priests. The training is required every 3 years. It is about making the Diocese 'safe' from law suits rather than making congregations 'safe'.
Having given your clergy 'training', if they do something wrong of a sexual nature, the diocese can say, "Hey, we told them not to!" and the victim can't sue the larger church.
If you don't go you can be 'defrocked'--your priestly standing taken away.
When means if you do go you are still "frocked"--which is a good way to describe being ordained.
I'm already dreading it.
For one thing most of the people there will wear clerical collars--even though everyone knows if you're there you must be clergy.
I haven't worn a collar for like 12 or more years. I know I'm a priest, why do I have to wear a collar and blare it out to the world?
For another thing, we'll spend the day trying to impress each other. Tiresome.
Manure is a good metaphor for clergy.
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