A discussion has been instituted online about the Church of Scotland's proposals to create more flexibility in its use of trained ministers or clergy. Being a church without bishops is supposed to mean that individual congregations have greater freedom in the choice and appointment of a pastor. The b-word is not overtly mentioned in the lobbying document, but I suspect that it is as emotive as ever, even in absentia.
I have yet to consider and respond, but my interest today is stirred by the power of the internet, and the way that we have adapted to the use of such power. No longer is it a case of paying large postal bills or using up vast chunks of time and effort in telephone calls. one click of the button and hundreds can be contacted. I wonder to what extent we recognise the compulsion to react. It took me years to realise that the wastepaper basket was a valid receptacle for a goodly portion of my ordinary mail. Similarly for email.
Changing people's minds and stirring up interest has become a discipline in its own right. An interesting thought on the day after the day after That Election.