Saturday, April 18, 2009

Amphictyony

I am feeling so much better! Acting on the words of Bishop Paul Verryn, who everybody says does too much, I set some boundaries. And I refused to be coerced into a short notice meeting this afternoon. I realise now that I just needed time to catch up on the stress of last weekend. Not that I did nothing. I worked on my studies last night, and before and after the funeral I conducted this morning.

That is why I learnt new word. An amphictyony is a 'league of tribes', which is what the Israelites were - up until they had a king, I suppose.

5 comments:

Thomas Scarborough said...

Amphictyony. Is that what the Methodists are?

I like the cat on the right, but don't quite trust its smile.

Jenny Hillebrand said...

Almost I guess. But in fact Methodists have a strong order of discipline and interlinking accountability structures. Nonetheless, Methodist churches can be very, very different from each other. It's a good model - but has it's drawbacks as do all.
I think the Baptists might be more of an amphictyony. They seem to have much more independence in their churches.

Thomas Scarborough said...

Thanks, Jenny. I said it half in jest, although your descriptions have suggested distinct types of Church within the one Methodist Church. It's been an interesting blog.

Jenny Hillebrand said...

Yes, it was an interesting thought. I was wondering about standing up at synod and referring to the Methodist amphictyony - I'd love to. But, alas, it is not accurate!

Thomas Scarborough said...

You'd have them all stunned. Amphictyony! Best of all, you should use the word with passion, peppering it throughout your address.