Will sisters not be put off by the idea of a burning bush?
After a day spent hiding from the telly, outside or in my study with the Sex Pistols as a safety filter against any monarchist sound pollution, I woke up to find that the Church of Scotland was not only absent from all that flummery (they don’t have the fancy gear) but that it seems to be leading the way on equality. In the Observer today, we see:
Rt Rev Susan Brown installed as Church of Scotland moderator
Church of Scotland to draft new same-sex marriage laws
Even as death approaches, there is no way, I’m going back to the Kirk, I left as a 12-year-old in 1963, but if I had to, it looks like the best of the bunch.
A female moderator and same-sex marriage would have been a bit of a shock for my dad back then and ministers were, in my mind, like the one in this well-kent joke:
Grumpy Minister: ‘Ah had a dream last nicht. Ah dreamt ye were aw doon in the fires o hell. Ye were moaning and wailing and beseeching the Lord wi ‘Oh Lord, we didnae ken it would be like this.’ And the Lord in his infinite mercy said ‘Weel noo ye ken.’
There’s a variation where he refers to gnashing of teeth, an old wife says ‘but meenister, ah havnae goat any teeth’ and the minister says ‘Madam, teeth will be provided!’
My point? Even our church is better than those in the rest of the UK?