If you know me at all in real life, or even here on the blog, you know I am practically the incarnation of Dana Carvey’s famous SNL character, The Church Lady. I do not miss church if I am near a church and I do not brook excuses for missing church (from my family. The rest of you can do what you like). I have been a Sabbath School teacher ever since I finished being a Sabbath School child — in fact, there was a bit of an overlap, because when I was a teen our wise Sabbath School teachers let us teens pretty much run the show, so I’ve been a church youthworker ever since I was a church youth. I help organize Pathfinders and I make dishes for potlucks. I am as churchy as you could possibly imagine.
But while I love my church, I’m also conflicted about it, because I often disagree or question. I’m not one of those easygoing Church Ladies who can accept everything without question, which is why I end up blogging about things like why some of the other good Church Ladies can’t become Lady Pastors, or why two Church Ladies who love each other (or two Church Gents for that matter) can’t be made welcome in our pews, and other sticky subjects that trouble me.
Believe me, nothing about this is easy for me. It seems easy for others — for those who say just to be quiet and believe what I’m taught without question, or for still others who say to walk away and leave the whole mess behind me. I cannot wrap myself around either of those options, so here I stand, a tangle of questions as always. Which is what my new column at Adventist Today is all about. Go read it, and for goodness sakes — whether you’re a Church Lady or a Church Gent, or a Churchless Lady or Gent, or a Formerly Churched Lady or Gent — whoever you are, if you’re kind of a remotely sane person, log on there and leave a comment. Because sane comments are always good.