Well, except for the Exegesis Exam, I’m done for this go-round. I pulled a classic Doug move and misread the instructions on the first question of the Polity Exam, making it basically a guarantee that I’ll fail. Having gone through it, though, I can say that it wasn’t quite as hard as I’d expected, and I’m not that worried about having to take that one, or any others, again.
Of course, there’s no telling what an elder volunteer somewhere in the country will think of my answers. That’s another question entirely. I figure that if you volunteer to read Ords, then you probably have a very strong agenda in mind to motivate you, which probably isn’t such a great thing for a lot of the rising Inquirers and Candidates. I guess we’ll see.
In class we had a brief discussion about our frustration that, right now, the denominational fights are taking place in the realm of ordination requirements. This is unfortunate, because the result is that many of those who are dragged into these fights are unable to defend ourselves, as it were, since we are not yet colleagues of equal standing with the partisans of each side.
I understand this as a tactical move on either side. Just fill the denomination with people who only agree with our view on certain issues. It is also, I think, a little cowardly. Unable to face each other and work out our disagreements, the response is to stack the deck in favor of what we’ve already decided is true and let the numbers win for us. (And yes, I know before the comments appear that we all have excuses why the other side can’t be tolerated.)
In the meantime, I can vouch for myself and almost all of my fellow Inquirers and Candidates – the anguish is considerable as we go through this process, and it doesn’t need to be this way. Despite the efforts of many to be gracious and hospitable, which I always deeply appreciate, there is still the fact that we seem to be stuck in a crossfire. In some places, the bullets fly thicker than others.
For a career that boasts a 50% burnout rate in five years, this frankly does not bode well.