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Christian Care for Families (as long as it doesn’t involve a day off)

The Mothers’ Union, a fabulous organization of enormous integrity, has as part of its raison d’être the responsibility to “promote conditions in society favourable to stable family life.” How true and how necessary. Too often in our culture, the work that is needed to be put into a family is thought of as secondary or incidental or unimportant compared with the work that is necessary to put into employment. Thank goodness for the MU standing against that.

How then to react to an invitation to a Mothers’ Union meeting which includes this sentence?

If this happens to fall on your ‘day off’ then we apologise, but please do take this opportunity to join us and we look forward to seeing you.

Clergy get one day off a week (not a ‘day off’ in scare quotes). Sometimes that might be the only sustained time that they can spend with their families, especially as the ‘day off’ is never a whole weekend, when the rest of society works at family life. The invitation asks for the one day off in a week to be set aside for a MU meeting. How is this putting families first?

1 Comment

  1. Rev. Blair Paterson

    4 August, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Simple, call a council meeting on Mother’s Day or on the day of the FA finals.


    Remind them, at the MU meeting, that you will see all of them at church next sunday – oh yes, twice next sunday. MP and eucharist – and if enough come out, we might have evensong – your little ones would make great altar servers and choristers. Excellent!!! Church is the place for families!

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