Have you ever attended a marathon church meeting? You know, the kind that goes on and on and on …. trying to get the parish business done. I think that’s the problem. Churches are a business these days, with major upkeep and liability issues and not enough hands to get the yard cleaned up, even if the weather did cooperate. Now you add in the summer hiatus – no, God doesn’t take a summer vacation, but heaven forbid that parish members interrupt their free time in summer to attend a meeting or attend a service. Our priorities have shifted so much that sailing that boat or playing video games or sitting around the grill drinking adult beverages cannot be interrupted for the work of the church.
That’s not all that made this particular meeting such a pleasure. Church meetings are more like town meetings than like any meeting you attend at work. For one thing, you’re there as a volunteer. But churches are much less homogenous than you might think. The levels of intelligence, organized thinking skills and leadership skills vary across a wider scale than the spray of pellets from a shotgun. As a result, there is much that gets repeated, clarified and ignored. It doesn’t help when then pastor is a “nice guy” who doesn’t want to offend anyone and would rather put his head in the sand than deal with a conflict. Makes it tough on us who are strong, clear headed, purpose driven people (almost said women!) to get anything done. I hate to be the one who points out the difficult issues all the time – makes me look like a pain in the ass, which I am not. I don’t expect perfection from anyone, not even myself.
The haircut part comes since I have to run and get one right now. It’s the compromise with husband haircut. Husband, since he has that Y chromosome, wants his woman’s hair long. This woman, with health issues and no interest in preening, would like no hair if she could get away with it. So we compromise, short, but not too short; cute but not too work intensive – you know the drill.
Compromise – that word works with church meetings and haircuts. Probably a lot of other things, too. Too bad it’s going out of style.