Ok, technically, the nurse told me, the shot was in the hip. But isn’t the subject line more provocative with the word “butt”?
I have a mild (for me) case of poison ivy. It first presented last Monday, and has spread slowly ever since. The doctor did an admirable job of explaining to me what happens when I get poison ivy. Even if I have a slight contact, he said, my system responds rather dramatically. The other places, now all over my body, where rash has shown up, are not because I continue to spread the oil there. These spots indicate that my system is on hyper alert, and react to any stress or irritation on my skin as though it is poison ivy.
I attended last week’s United Methodist “Global Leadership Summit.” Our church is all about business-school lingo of effectiveness, metrics, etc. (anyone interested in what we have really learned from business schools ought to read Matthew Stewart’s The Management Myth)
Having reflected now on how my system needed help from outside – a steroid shot in the butt (er, hip) because systems can have trouble healing themselves from the inside, I drove away from the clinic wondering if this might be analogous for the UMC.
Our (The United Methodist Church’s) issues, struggles, challenges are systemic. Though we glow and crow about being Wesleyan, we are more Eisenhowerian as our roots are deeper in the 1950’s post-war US culture than in John Wesley’s life, ministry, and theology.
We need help; a shot, from the outside. Perhaps the Holy Spirit would suffice – if the Holy Spirit could make it through task force/committee.