5. I Don’t Think Denominational Identity is that Important.
I think we are beyond the point in the history of Christianity, at least in the variety I practice it, where denomination matters like it used to. Used to be that denomination had more to say about one’s education and social strata than anything else. Of course, there have been serious differences between the different Christian tribes, but it looks like many of them are fading. Check out Reclaiming Jesus if you can Reclaiming Jesus . All these high-end leaders, including the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, they got that new confession pretty dialed in as far as I’m concerned. Damn right they do. Sign me up for post-denominationalism and let’s get our bling on and our asses in gear.
Episcopalian types give a shit about too much that is not worth a shit in the first place. I swear to Christ, that gets to me and makes me want to use profanity. I could give a fried about what a bishop wears or when you say amen or cross yourself or other things like that. If it’s important to you, then do it, but it’s not to me.
Narrator: “Problem is, Bishop Polley, you’re the guy who is in charge of things like rubrics and customaries and things like that are important to your clergy and many of your flock. Your flippant attitude could be interpreted as, how to put it, insensitive.”
Bishop Polley: “I know, I know. That’s probably why I’m writing this blog about not being a good bishop because other people pretty much figured that out as well. So, you don’t need to keep referring to me as Bishop Polley, because, I’m not a bishop. I just put my name in and it’s done and now I’m having a little fun. Besides, it kinda freaks me out when you call me that.”
I live in southeastern Arizona where I teach high school history. My home is very close to US/MX border and the border and the countries it divides are very close to my heart. For a little over twenty years, I served the Episcopal church as a priest, but now I work as a teacher. I use sethpolley.com for my writing website, but I also have another site, seteoblog.wordpress.com where I write a blog. At this point in my writing career I have received a couple of honorable mentions in writing contests, and have self-published two short monographs. I'm planning on continuing to write and look forward to the time when I can devote more time to it.
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