Friday, 14 September 2007

And now for something completely different

Sometimes our village (and church) mirrors this British sit com - Last of the summer wine -far too closely. Each of these characters, Compo, cleggy and co has its mirror image in our community and probably in yours too.
My American friend spent a couple of evenings in the hotel with me during a recent stay and was mesmerised by the wholly unconscious sit com unfolding before her eyes.
As my profile reveals, I'm a fan of Vicar of Dibley. Many church folk find that offensive but, I believe, that's because it is too near the truth of the matter. Certainly the parish council meetings held in Dibley would fit just as well in Inverkip.
At the risk of being tarred and feathered or possibly even burnt as a witch I think we have to take ourselves a lot less seriously. Humour sees us through much in life and the ability to step back from situations and see the comedy can only lead to less tension all around.


Anonymous said...

No, No, No, No, No, Yes!


liz said...

Nice one, Ronnie!

a feckless boy said...

reminds me of the time on the way to an evening service I began to pray while walking the 2 miles or so: "God what do you want from me?" i asked in all earnestness. And the reply That came back was "Paul, lighten up!...When did you forget how to play".

Frederick Buechner's Lovechild said...

Your title reminded me of the Monty Python film of the same name, and the cringeworthy fuss about 'Life of Brian' when it came out. Every now and again that footage pops up of Palin and Cleese debating the issue with Malcolm Muggeridge and some other clerical worthy, and it makes me wince every time. Anyone who's seen the thing knows that it makes it clear from the very outset that Christ himself isn't the butt of the humour - it's those who follow 'messiahs' unthinkingly, just jumping on the latest bandwagon.

So often the church reminds me of Father Ted and Father Dougal outside the Craggy Island cinema with placards protesting at 'The Passion of Saint Tibulus'. "Down with that sort of thing" say the placards - but of course, they've no idea what 'that sort of thing is'!


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