We woke up this morning to the rumble of thunder, not so usual at that time of day. It has been raining steadily since first light.
Lunch out with friends yesterday, a treat...and a minimum of ecclesiology involved!
Letters to write...proper pen'n'paper letters to write...and phone calls to return.
Question arose in recent conversation re: the place of etiquette in clergy formation. I mean the basic, "this is a knife, and this is a fork, take one in each hand" kind of stuff; "this is a parishioner approaching the front door of the Rectory; and this is what you say when you open the door."
The question arose in terms of different generational preparednesses for the day-to-day stuff of parish ministry...and how the gaps, where they appear, are or are not dealt with in seminary, in internships...
What's your experience? What's your thinking?
(My interlocutor and I also talked about professional self-presentation in terms of garb and grooming; the things that people need to be told...and sometimes aren't...)