Wistful Wednesday

It’s easy to lose track of days.  I’ve spent the last 24 hours [apart from time for sleep] with our Mission and Ministry Board.  Churches make decisions in funny ways – bit of passion, bit of policy, bit of precedent and [since I like alliteration] maybe even a bit of predestination.  But we’ve been trying to find a measured way of deciding what we need to decide – if, that is, we know what it is that we are trying to decide about.  I sometimes think that things may just have been easier when I wasn’t around here.  People were very patient and persevering and we plodded forward together.

I then moved on to joust with a journalist.  That’s become a fairly regular part of my life.  It’s part of our attempt to place our church in the ‘public square’ and I think that’s important.  Always sexuality and the Anglican Communion.  It’s hard to get attention for anything about mission and growth.  I’m still waiting to use the line which I learnt in media training in the USA – when all else fails you say, ‘Let me tell you what I’m really passionate about’  But I am learning to recognise when the journalist is trying to shape our conversation into a headline.  It’s when they ask three times, ‘Would you welcome …?’ or ‘Would you say then that .. ?’  Our Communications Officer keeps me safe as best she can – I wouldn’t risk doing these without her.

And finally a Reception at the Scottish Parliament to mark the 200th Anniversary of the Bible Society for Scotland.  This kind of event is always a useful place for making contacts – and congratulations to the Bible Society for bringing on an actor [didn’t get his name] who did a splendid monologue on the life of William Wilberforce.  The event was a triumph of experience over expectation.

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