. . . posts on faith and life
Last night I asked my therapist just how important trust is in a relationship. She told me that it’s just about everything, that trust and respect were the two cornerstones of all healthy relationships. I was very appreciative of this insight (especially since she counsels me pro bono). And I found it very interesting in light of the fact that I continue to run into a sense of mistrust between various segments of the church. You can find it in many places, younger people often mistrust older people, older people often mistrust younger people, administrators often mistrust the administrator above them, and pastors often mistrust their peeps. Some of this (like generational gaps) is to be somewhat expected. However, it seems to me that we have an inordinate amount of mistrust in our organization, and that many people continue to respond in ways that fosters more mistrust. That’s why I thought Bill Isaac’s recent post about ordination and the underlying mistrust that it reveals to be very helpful. You should check it out.
It seems to me (IMHO) that this should be a top priority. I have seen some efforts in recent months, and those were very productive. But it will take much more in order to create an ethos of trust within our movement. In the meantime, I think that my therapist wonders if I am helping or hurting that trust-building cause with my audacious blog title, but hey, someone’s got to try something.