Change is a given in life, yet it’s not easy for any of us. So strap on your seat belts and let’s talk about it:
1. Share, if you wish, the biggest change you experienced this past year.
That would have to be leaving Small Church and entering Interim Ministry at larger, further from home Main Street Church.
2. Talk about a time you changed your mind about something important.
There was a time I withdrew from seminary. Happily, when I realized that was the wrong move, the school allowed me to have a retroactive leave of absence, and then I returned and finished.
3. Bishop John Shelby Spong wrote a controversial book called "Why Christianity Must Change or Die." Setting aside his ideas–what kind of changes would you like to see in the Church?
(Oh, Cousin Jack!)
The most important change in the Church would be a broader recognition that God loves everyone and that we are all on a journey of discovery accompanied by God, in contrast to the fear-filled attitude that we must tiptoe through life hoping to appease a Maker who wants to crush us like flies. I believe that’s the key to everything that feels static or moribund or suicidal in the Church today.
4. Have you changed your hairstyle/hair color in the last five years? If so, how many times?
I hadn’t purposefully changed the color until I decided recently to let the grey in my hair happen. I did learn how to wear it curly. It’s been mostly below shoulder length for the past five years.
5. What WERE they thinking with that New Coke thing?
No Coke, Pepsi!