Tag Archive | the Church of Scotland

100 days – Day 25: Anent The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

 

100 days – Day 25: anent The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

 

CofSBurningBushLogo

 

Today sees the start of the Church of Scotland’s annual gathering in Edinburgh, The General Assembly.

One small – but, in the view of many of us dinosaurs, important – word in all the proceedings will be missing, lost, abandoned, discarded:   the Kirk  has dropped that wonderful archaic word “ANENT” (meaning “about” or “concerning”) from its legislation.  e.g.  there could be an “Act anent the Prevention of Admission of Bampots into the Ministry”  (I made that up, but it would have saved a lot of congregations a lot of grief over the years)

The reason for dropping it:  While the old Scottish word “anent” has served the Church well for many years it is a term which has dropped out of common usage. Many people find it difficult to understand our continued use of this term in the title of contemporary legislation.” (the Church’s Legal Questions Committee).

 ……………………

 

And Michael Hance, director of the Scots Language Centre, added: “It’s a bit odd that the Kirk, a centuries-old institution, impervious to change, should have selected this Scots word and decided to remove it.”

…………………..

In this regard, I’m reminded of this old story:

There once was a modernising minister who moved to a congregation that worshipped in a rather dark and gloomy sanctuary.

He felt that it should be brightened up and came up with the idea of installing a chandelier. Not only would it literally brighten up the church but would be bright in an aesthetic way.

He took the idea to his Kirk Session. “I think that we should consider getting a chandelier”, he said.

Before he went on to describe his plans, he was interrupted by an old Elder (why are they always “old” in these stories?) who said “Moderator, I object!…..

….. firstly, none of us can spell “chandelier”…..

….. secondly, where can we can we get someone who knows how to play it….

…..and, lastly and most importantly, what the church really needs is more light!”

–ooOOoo–

What the Church needs is more light.  How true…… may the General Assembly 2014 make a start in finding it:  generating light not heat in this coming week!

……………………..

But, fear not!  The word still lives! Even although it’s now crafted in Taiwan…….

image

TheWeeFlea.com

The Blog of David Robertson

More Enigma Than Dogma

Relationships, Culture & Current Events

Curriculum of the Spiritual Life

Poems, Prayers, & Proverbs that speak to what it means to be a "living curriculum" of the Christian Life.

Attila Ovari

Loving Life and Inspiring Others

Iain Macwhirter

Read Iain in The Herald and Sunday Herald, every Wednesday and Sunday.

Sky Pilot

ramblings of a reformed ecclesiastic

lizlovingandlearning

personal reflections on life, the universe & everything

The Immortal Jukebox

A Blog about Music and Popular Culture

100 DAYS

various positions

lauraagudelo272

This WordPress.com site is the bee's knees

TextsInContext

Faith Seeking Understanding

Richard W. Strachan's Blog

Writing and reading

bigirishman

Just another WordPress.com site

In an Irish Home

What Life is Really Like Behind the Hall Door

Guido Fawkes

Parliamentary plots and conspiracy

waverley710, The Ramblings of a Wannabe theologian.

This WordPress.com site is the bee's knees

Jim Palmer

Inner Anarchist

Love's Work

Reflections on living into ministry

It Is What It Is

Dr. Rex .... Blogging for change.

thewayhomegamer

Just another WordPress.com site

You Got to be Kidding's Blog

Humor and musings from all around the Internet

David's Commonplace Book

Random stuff that interests me

Tentsmuir

"Haud Gaan!" - Scots for 'Keep Pressing Forward!'

Soul Destruction

London call girl book & diary series - exposing the dark world and harsh reality of life as a drug addicted call girl

beyondentertainmentblog

entertainment without boundaries

Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander

Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam

Thoughts Of A Near 40 Something

Nothing Exciting But True - May Contain Trains

Toad's Great Adventure

"I will, then, be a toad." -- Stephen Crane

Leaving Fundamentalism

various positions

All Things Rabyd

A blog dedicated to the thoughts, opinions, ideas and random madness of Edward W. Raby, Sr. - Pastor, Theologian, Philosopher, Writer, Bodybuilder and Football Fan. "Yes, the dog is foaming at the mouth. Don't worry, He just had pint of beer and is trying to scare you." This is a Theology Pub so drink your theology responsibly or have a designated driver to get you home as theology can be as intoxicating as alcohol.

Soul Gatherings

Spiritual Moments in the Human Experience

Anglican Memes

a humour site about the Church of England

A Sacred Conspiracy

To conspire is to act in harmony towards an agreed upon goal. God wants to conspire with us in unconditional, reckless, surrendered love.

Lavender and Broken Bones

FOREVER REINVENTING

Christus Pro Nobis

Christ for us

revjamespb

Developing Theological ideas

Laodicea

Qui vicerit, dabo ei sedere mecum in throno meo

NUCLEARMIND es PLUS ANIMI EST ...

More than a feeling ...

Bucket List Publications

Indulge- Travel, Adventure, & New Experiences

dghealth

Opinions & ideas in NHS Dumfries and Galloway

Chicks In The Mitt

...we have a blog, therefore, we must be interesting...

The China Penguin

waddling from rice fields to ice-fields

peterstudyleave

A blog of Peter's Study Leave 2012

Journey to a healthy life...

and the maddness on the way there

%d bloggers like this: