What follows are a series of posts regarding the possibilities of taking “Weedon’s Wish Dream” and making it reality. Remember (especially my members), that while I am very sympathetic to 99% of what the Wish Dream was, I’m just talkin’ right now.
- DO feel free to make suggestions of pros and cons that I may have missed.
- DO NOT dismiss an option until I have outlined all of them. Remember that I am not finished yet!
- DO offer suggestions for a different name than “Weedon’s Wish Dream,” as what he described could well be a generic description of the ideal Evangelical Catholic/Confessional Lutheran congregation.
Option #1 Stay where you are and bring the Wish Dream to your parish.
This honors the divine call and prevents schism. Our theology states that God has called pastors to their congregations, and they are to stay until God calls them elsewhere. This is most apparent when pastors receive another divine call to serve a congregation. However, there are other options, all more subjective, like when “God is calling” to retirement. Staying and working the Wish Dream where you are honors the call and seems most natural.
However, it can be nigh impossible. Most of us don’t like change. Most of us think of our congregations as our heritage, our refuge, and to a more sinful extent, our club and bailiwick. Pastors are outsiders to the existing group and the people see them this way for years, if not decades. Insiders sometimes can change things, outsiders have much more work to do.
Second, we have the ghosts of Christmas past haunting our pulpits and classrooms.
Third, the great cry of pedagogy (teach ’em) only works for people willing to learn. Sadly this can be an overwhelming problem. And even for those who wish to learn, who will open themselves to the teaching authority of the pastor, it can years for the lessons to soak in. Complicating this, new members will constantly be joining who have various degrees of catechesis under their belts.
Fourth, it takes so long. Sure, many things can be done quickly, or relatively so. I introduced the chasuble by simply wearing them. I introduced chanting by just doing it from day one, not asking permission. Certainly the chanting has caused some grief, and consequently, I don’t chant everything, and sometimes don’t chant at all. However, I know that it may take further decades for the practice to be cemented. If then.