The President has not passed away

30 Apr

At synod the outgoing president advised delegates against saying that a person had passed away, when they had simply died. He decreed that nobody was to be heard saying of him that he had passed away after he died. This is the kind of clear lead the church is looking for from its president. Call a spade a spade, not a soil-turning device.

While we are at it, we need to get rid of all other euphemisms for death. Let a decree go out that there shall be an end to such expressions as: she’s cashed in her chips, he was called home, she bit the dust, he’s pushing up daisies, she has shuffled off this mortal coil, he has croaked, carked it or snuffed it, she has fallen off the perch, kicked the bucket, gone the way of all flesh, gone to a better place or been called to his/her eternal rest. We need to revert to saying what we mean and meaning what we say.

As for Ecclesiastes, what was the writer thinking when he/she spoke about the silver cord being snapped, the golden bowl being broken, the pitcher being shattered at the fountain, the wheel being broken at the cistern, the dust returning to the earth where it came from, and the spirit returning to God who gave it. Let’s excise Ecclesiastes 12:5-7 from the Bible, lest we be tempted to return to such round-about ways of speaking. Would anyone grieve their passing, if we pulled the plug on all circumlocutions for death? The president has spoken. Let’s do it.


Posted by on April 30, 2013 in theology, women's ordination


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5 responses to “The President has not passed away

  1. janine

    April 30, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    we received cards today thanking us for attending an ‘event’ – a funeral!

    why can’t people say die, dead, funeral?

  2. Sandra

    May 1, 2013 at 11:05 am

    What about ‘promoted to glory’?

  3. Sandra

    May 1, 2013 at 11:14 am

    It’s good we can ‘wash that man right out of [our] hair’. We can give up on having someone to blame. We don’t have to have his words ‘stuck in our craw’ and preventing the words which God has entrusted us to say, coming out. Ministry, mission, and relationship-building can continue. LCA members will be taking on more responsibility, but ‘that’s the way God planned it’.

    If (a) General Synod is rubber-stamping and (b) a Special General Synod is to be held next April (well, I think it’s a good idea) to get the constitution changed; could the Special service at the end of the Synod be a (catch-up) ordination service for women (and men)? It would be good to have such a service, to which the whole LCA is invited (and which it is practical for them to attend).

  4. Katie and Martin

    May 1, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    🙂 It’s good to see a woman of faith.

  5. martin beach

    May 20, 2013 at 9:50 am

    for once I agree with cyclops, but I can see yr point, Katie & Martin, whoever you might be!


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