Afflict the Comfortable and Comfort the Afflicted or Why I Will Continue to Bitch pt.2

Mickbic writes:

I don’t expect The Living Room in Turley Oklahoma or Micah’s Porch in Chicago to meet your standards for very long Kim. You will undoubtedly find reasons to bitch about them too. You appear to afflict the comfortble and comfort the afflicteded and that gets old after awhile.

I don’t know if I should take this as a compliment or insult. Before I really respond to the meat of this comment, I’ll say a couple of things that are complimentary.  I’ve known Ron Robinson for more than 10 years and think that what he is doing in Turley is wonderful. And while I haven’t known David Owen-O’Quill as long, I admire his guts in trying to open up new avenues.

Now to respond to the meat of this comment. If what I’m doing is afflicting the comfortable and comforting the afflicted, then hot damn—I’m actually learning something in seminary. All the good ministers I know say that they see that as part of their job. I will not apologize for saying what I think. And if it gets a little old for you, stop reading this blog. It will be better for you and for me.

Next, if you will notice I never single out any particular UU congregation for criticism. That’s not my job nor my point. (and I believe my mother taught me better than to do that) When I talk about something, I’m talking about what I see as wider trends—not something that any one church does. It is not my intention to call out any particular church, because in my life right now all I’m going to see is the periphery. The periphery gives me a pretty good view of the wider world, not how it is applied in any particular church.

So my last post still stands….I will continue to bitch as long as I feel like it. If you are looking for an apology for that…..then you’re looking at the wrong sister. ‘Cuz you ain’t gettin’ it from me.

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10 thoughts on “Afflict the Comfortable and Comfort the Afflicted or Why I Will Continue to Bitch pt.2

  1. There are multiple valid approaches, to be sure. My fundamentalist mother always said, “You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar,” and, “If you can’t say anything good, don’t say anything at all.”

    Not that I follow her dicta…

  2. I’ve been following Micah’s Porch on their website and subscribe to their email list. I’ve yet to make it down for one of their services but I’m impressed with what I see and read. I’d like to learn more about them (and plan too).

  3. “I will continue to bitch as long as I feel like it. If you are looking for an apology for that…..then you’re looking at the wrong sister. ‘Cuz you ain’t gettin’ it from me.”

    Amen Sister. 😉

    Maybe I should start calling you The Sister From The U*U World. 🙂

    Cult movie reference intended.

  4. I realized my post was a little ambiguous after posting it and would encourage you to keep on keeping on. One of my favorite scripture verses is Isaiah 58:1. “Cry aloud, spare not; lift up your voice like a trumpet; tell my people their transgression and the house of Jacob their sins.” (NKJV) Personally I have sometimes gone overboard in this in the past, losing my temper and feeling righteous about it. Nonetheless prophetic ministry does call to steering people towards who they ought to be as well as what they are.

  5. Bitching is a delicate art. If done well the squeaky wheel gets the grease. If done poorly the quacking duck gets shot. I have experienced both and pray you find wisdom and balance as you go forward in seminary and ministry.

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