Friday, January 23, 2015

Clergy Means the "Separated Ones" by John Chuchman

The word "clergy" means the separated ones. And how did we become so
separate? In part, by reading books for ten years and going off to academic
seminaries, which usually had little to do with the natural world beneath
our feet and around us and above us. Then we also do our rituals inside
buildings, which may be beautiful, but are human constructs separating us
from the consolations and the discomforts of nature for the most part. We
clergy may assume that we are ahead of the "lay people" because of our book
education, but we're finding again and again that this isn't necessarily
true. Often those taught by the hard knocks of reality seem to know more
about what really matters.

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