Sunday, June 24, 2007
post on 'post'
I've been asked a couple of times (most recently by More Cows than People) to explain in more detail the term "post-Presbyterian" which appears in my tagline. Fair question!
To explain, I'll delve into a bit of personal history. My family and I attended the small, local Presbyterian church for about 13-14 years. Not one to be a slacker, I served during that time variously as Sunday School teacher, deacon, co-leader of youth group, newsletter editor, member of various committees, elder, clerk of session, etc. etc.
Our numbers gradually dwindled over the years (hmm...looking at my list of roles, now I gotta wonder if I was responsible for driving people away!!!) Anyway, I was part of a 'task force' to study the declining numbers issue and make recommendations. Long story short, the congregation enthusiastically accepted the need to "embrace change". A pastor was called to help us become a more culturally relevant, authentic faith community. This pastor totally fit the bill -- she was (is) awesome!
However, a funny thing happened on the way to the forum (er... sanctuary). In spite of what the congregation said (and in spite of considering themselves to be very progressive), they were totally resistant to change -- even to the smallest things (such as occasional use of CD during the service instead of piano)! It became apparent that the congregation really wished to remain status quo -- which just didn't work for me. So our pastor is now in Seattle and we (and another family) are dechurched.
Thus I decided to use the term "post-Presbyterian". It is really a "take" on the term "postmodern". Just as being postmodern means "after or in reaction to what is modern" (thank you, answers.com), my "post-Presbyterianism" is after or in reaction to my years as a Presbyterian.
I don't know what's next ... so for now I'm just in transition time.