A Poster for Procrastinators
Vestry met last night, primarily to consider the Financial Forecast for the year of the Lord 2008. In the (very) long run, it was approved for presentation to the congregation in two weeks at the AGM. This is all good.
There are wonderful people on our Vestry...intelligent and shrewd and careful and imaginative and courteous and incisive and dedicated. And there are the others. Fortunately, in the minority. They have absorbed a few scraps and phrases of Holy Chat, and broadcast them as justification for their unmediated and unexamined un-, sub-, and semi-conscious impulses to power, self-aggrandizement and harm-to-others. Last night I decided to let them wear themselves out. Two and three-quarter hours.
Nevertheless they passed the Financial Forecast. It's a budget, folks -- but about 15 years ago, Most Holy and Undivided was visited (or visitated) by one of the current "I Can Fix Your Parish" gurus that infest the church at the moment, and from his visit one of the Great Truths absorbed and retained was that the term "budget" is too negative, or unwelcoming, or something. Along with prayer-books...
This morning's paper has a story about a recent experiment with rats -- mothers and young -- in which it was ascertained that young rats who were licked LESS by their mothers suffered higher levels of stress than those who were licked MORE. It was also implied that "low licker" mothers had themselves not been licked sufficiently in their youth. I think, on this evidence, I have some "low-licked" parishioners...but I don't think I can make this insight the central metaphor of my Annual Report, alas.
I have to say -- that the RevGals are a powerful consolation and encouragement and I thank God for y'all, daily.