Sunday, July 08, 2007

First Vestry Meeting

On my second Sunday as a curate, I got to wade in the water of a vestry meeting. I have attended several vestry meetings in different churches in the past, but always as a lay person. This was a different experience entirely, being involved in a vestry meeting as a wearer of a clerical collar.

In fact, more than once as issue was raised and someone would say something like, "Well, I think such-and-such, but what do the clergy in the room think?" At which point there would be a pause and people would look at me. It would always take me a few seconds for my brain to register the fact that one of these so-called clergy people is, in fact, myself. Oh, is that what this stupid piece of plastic around my neck means?


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