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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Struggle for Identity

Promised Land,
Michele Guinness, Hodder & Stoughton, 1994, page 106-106

Comparing the pressures that church places on people to conform, Michele Guinness observes:

It reminded me if my own struggle to come to terms with my identity as a Jew in the Church. It occured to me that self-acceptance was probably the key to coping with being a clergyman's wife too. I could refuse the role and the pretence that went with it, disappoint people's expectations, because, whether they liked it or nor, all I had to offer was myself.

Shrewd comment. All any of us have to offe is ourselves! But then she goes on:

And I began to wonder whether the church ever really accepted people as they were, or whether we continually forced them to fulfill our expectations.

Ouch! Hear that well!!

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