Sunday, October 4, 2009
By now, I’ve been called “bitter” so often that I've long-ago lost count. “Bitter” seems to be Baptist leaders’ favorite word-of-choice for marginalizing someone who talks about things they don’t want people to hear about. But despite their “bitter” name-calling, I often think that what really motivates me is exactly the opposite.
A big part of what motivates me in this work is my incessant optimism.
Based on all that I’ve seen in Baptistland, it’s an optimism that isn’t reality-based in facts. Yet it’s an optimism that persists.
I dream of a better day in Baptistland.
I dream of clergy accountability in Baptistland. . . accountability for clergy perpetrators and also for clergy cover-uppers.
I dream of outreach, compassion and care for clergy abuse survivors in Baptistland.
“Out there in the dark, there’s a beckoning candle.”
“Tell me why – oh why – can’t my dream come true?”
So, hit the replay button, and join along with Celine and Elvis -- and me -- in singing of our dream for a better day in Baptistland.
Thanks to Junkster who provided this YouTube link in a comment on The Wartburg Watch.
Posted by Christa Brown at 7:34 AM