Enjoyed the articles in this week’s CT Pastors clergy newsletter (link below), especially the Pre-Marital counseling section. So many of us originally become ordained to officiate a wedding, and there is much wisdom clergy can convey before the marriage!
Also very insightful (to me, at least) is the opening blurb how people get infected with a life-long aversion to the Bible, or to religion. I have met people who are so burned from childhood experiences of religion being shoved down their throats that they have a terrible bad taste in their mouth to all things religious. As clergy, we must ever strive not to be the source of someone’s life-long bad taste to religion, scripture or spirituality! I think this is also why so many say “I’m spiritual, but not religion,” because they just don’t trust organized religion. Since our network here is alternative clergy, alternative spirituality, and thus non-mainstream, we probably encounter more “burned” or bad-taste-in-their-mouth people.
Atheists are trying to stop clergy from being sent to crime scenes and accidents where they do grief counseling and help the victims deal with the tragedy or loss they’ve just endured. The authorities, police, etc. send the minister, rabbi or chaplain to the scene. But now the atheists say these dedicated ordained professionals are not doing anything, they are actually doing harm.
This article describes the atheist campaign to stop clergy.
Atheist group seeks end to Alabama grief counseling by clergy
Our online Seminary ordains ministers, chaplains and rabbis as alternative clergy…
…several of which have done crime scene counseling, terrorist scene counseling, etc. Alabama is one of the places in the country that will still send a priest, ordained minister, as a counselor. What a shame this practice is under attack now. I remember reading after the Boston bombing how clergy were kept back from the scene, even a Catholic priest who could have read the last rites to the Catholic little boy that died. Humans have three natures, the physical, mental and spiritual. It seems completely wrong to take every vestige of the spiritual out of public life and force it into private life only. They are forcing spirituality into the closet. Suppressing spirituality is just as dangerous as suppressing sexuality.