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.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
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Amphictyony. Is that what the Methodists are?
I like the cat on the right, but don't quite trust its smile.
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.
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.
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!
You'd have them all stunned. Amphictyony! Best of all, you should use the word with passion, peppering it throughout your address.
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