It’s amongst the oldest of
How many Catholics, Episcopalians, Evangelicals, Methodists, Presbyterians….[fill in the gaps] does it take to change a light-bulb?
It’s probably best just
to give the answer for your own
tradition, at least until you have very good ecumenical relations!
So, for my own church: How many URC
folks does it take to change light-light-bulbs to LED
? Probably, a Church Meeting, then
a synod, then
a General Assembly, then
an assembly committee, then
an additional special assembly to finally make the decision. Then
another Church Meeting to see if they really want to take notice. Then
, just one, to go out and
get the bulb.
Hmm. I’m sure you could do better, but the saddest answer is probably “Change? -We don’t do change!”
Although the reflective time of Advent comes first for most Christians,
a friend of mine is thinking of making her own, plastic-free Christmas crackers, and was wondering what might be included to give the jokes a wee bit more bite.
Humour is a great gift from God, with, sometimes, the power to introduce ideas which would be ruled out as too hurried, too
dangerous, too different, otherwise to be entertained.
It’s a holy
task, to challenge and bring folks with you, with the solidarity of
a laugh, rather than an insult or
smugness. As, also, to lift spirits in the face of worrying news.
The jester. or the king’s ‘fool’ was amongst the most important minsters of state in European royal courts. They could say what no one else could get away with, and, sometimes, was needed to be said.
In a society which loves to portray Christians as stuffy, naive
and boring (and therefore not even worth persecuting) this may sometimes be our surprising role. Our hearers’ guard is down if they’re not expecting anything worthwhile from us.
humility, rather than pride of status, can take us far.
We have nothing to lose by telling the truth about climate crisis and the urgency of action, as well as the importance of holding on to hope in this strange time in which we live.
As to the opening question: we have 430+ congregations, but there’s always room for more! Keep on talking, keep on praying, keep on being the Church, for the greatest of all stand-ups, the Master of one-liners
mere carpenter from Nazareth,
born at the bottom of the heap, is the light
that lights our way.