Friday, November 30, 2007

Hear Ye!! Hear Ye!!

I will no longer be afraid of the politics and the structure of the United Church of Canada, and I will not stay silent about its failings and shortcomings ...

I will no longer be ashamed of being an intellectual in an institution that is non-intellectual and tries to dimiss us for who we are ...

I will no longer be embarassed about being fired from my position of minister in this United Church of ours ... I'm kinda proud of THAT fact - even though it may be happening again ...

I will no longer apologize for challenging the status quo and rocking the boat ... in truth this needs to happen a little more often in the United Church if it is truly to be the Church it thinks it is ...

I will no longer quietly and silently tolerate deception, incompetence, and viciousness in the Body of Christ that is the Church whether it comes from lay or order of ministry people ...

I will no longer sit quietly waiting for things to get better - instead I will speak out loudly, clearly and boldly to challenge all of us, especially myself to be more and better than we are, especially when it comes to living our faith ...

Today I will accept that the Spirit is calling and I will begin to listen and follow where ever that journey may lead ...

So, who's with me????

2 comments:

sallie, the soft one said...

Shawn, I am right along side of you in my own world, with my own issues and with the company I work for. I must forge along because we support dependent young adults as well as older adults who are dependent on our services.

Good luck friend.

Sallie

shauna said...

Shawn, I applaud you. You are living with great courage and integrity. You inspire me to do the same.