I’ve spent the last couple of days at my desk with the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly streaming live in the corner of my desktop.
At various points I have sighed, shouted and come very close to swearing at some of the things said. Today the Youth Assembly reported impressively in the person of their Moderator Judith Taylor. One of the questions raised, not for the first time, was why youth delegates don’t have a vote. The answer, again not for the first time, is that they are not elders, deacons or ministers and have not therefore signed the Formula making them eligible to serve in the Courts of the Church. Making an exception would, and I quote ‘be the top of a slippery slope’.
A slippery slope leading where? Would the slippery slope lead to some kind of representation of the people in the church who would be able to make decissions about their church, what their priorities are and how their money should be spent? Heaven forbid that people actually feel some sense of connection to their church or that their church trusts them and their contribution.
But then obviously there is no need for change as the current system of governance seems to be working so well!!! People feel such a sense of belonging, no one is leaving, young people are flocking to church and all is well… (repeat with a small hint of sarcasm)