Sunday, 30 August 2009

Disconnect: The United Church and its Members

The United Church in Canada just doesn't seem to "get it," but neither do its members. I have many friends and family members who have attended the United Church for decades - and they would be surprised to learn (as I also wrote a few weeks ago) that:

The United Church "presented background material just a few weeks ago questioning whether Jewish MPs were genuinely Canadian and arguing that Jewish groups had bribed politicians with free vacations in Israel." -Michael Coren via Kathy Shaidle

When a church stops teaching theology and moves on to trendy, feel-good topics, the faith of its members is no longer being challenged. It is easy to sit in your pew and wonder if you are going to have chicken or beef for lunch when nothing important is being said from the pulpit. Those who want to be challenged spiritually will leave, and those who remain can easily disconnect from what is going on beyond the pulpit and in the upper echelon's of the Church. People who disconnect will continue to attend, unaware of what is going on behind the scenes until they read something like Michael Coren's column which examines the current and sorry state of the United Church.

Will it spur anyone into action? I truly hope so, but I doubt it.