by Kristin CampbellThis reminds me of many conversations I have heard regarding how our language drives certain people away, and how we must take extra pains to ensure that we include everybody.
Religion News Service
"MOBILE, AL — Men don’t need pirates in the pews. Then again, the presence of such swashbucklers might not be the worst thing to happen Sunday morning.
So goes the thinking of David Murrow, author of Why Men Hate Going to
“We don't have to have hand-to-hand combat during the worship service to get men there,” Murrow said. “We just have to start speaking (their language), use the metaphors they understand and create an environment that feels masculine to them.”
Today’s churches, Murrow argued, just aren’t cutting it. ..."
This article raises an interesting question: Have we driven away the men?
This article makes the point that this is not a particularly American problem, nor is it a modern problem.
I have accepted women's full participation in church governance for pretty much my whole life. It is not an issue for me. I accept the use of inclusive language in conversation, but I don't much appreciate rewriting hymns to conform to some particular group's idea of correctness. And I have always questioned the need to purge our church language of metaphors relating to a struggle or battle. Even Paul used sports metaphors....
We spend a lot of time arguing about the words we use, and not enough time discussing the issues. Can we accept each others' experiences and permit each other to use the language and metaphors that arise from such experiences?
If men are made to feel uncomfortable when they speak out of their experiences, then perhaps we need to engage in a little introspection.
Why Men Hate Going to Church
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