A Conventional Convention

If you were hoping for a sea change in Lutheran Church Canada’s evasive behavior over the years since the CEF scandal broke, you’d be disappointed at the 2017 edition of the LCC convention.

Of course, by “disappointed” I mean “shattered any illusion of being a functional and responsible institution.”

Andreas Schwabe
Andreas Schwabe is editor and publisher of SolaGratia.ca, and an Edmonton-based multimedia & communication strategist and producer. His focus for SolaGratia is on administration, governance, and issues of faith. For clients, he writes or produces just about anything.
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Gratitude

By nature, Thanksgiving is reflective. Mrs. SolaGratia and I are especially grateful this year. To find out why, check out mybeautifulcyborg.com

 

Andreas Schwabe
Andreas Schwabe is editor and publisher of SolaGratia.ca, and an Edmonton-based multimedia & communication strategist and producer. His focus for SolaGratia is on administration, governance, and issues of faith. For clients, he writes or produces just about anything.
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The Clerical Fat Problem

On a completely unrelated note, pastors are fat.

It’s not an epithet or insult; it’s an observation. Of the nine pastors serving congregations I’ve been a member of in my life, nine were overweight. Of the seven, five easily met the definition of obese. Two would be morbidly obese. One struggled with is weight so much he had multiple sets of clothes. It was hard to watch because anyone can recognize emotional pain when they see it. The American Psychological Association calls obesity an epidemic, and makes the link between mental illness and obesity.

We have a sick church. Unhealthy pastors are part of it. It’s as plain as the belly under their cassocks. Since I was a kid people joked how pastors gain all weight eating coffee and kuchen during visits with Grandma Schmitt. It’s not funny anymore; not when most of the pastors my age are on anti-depressants, anti-anxiety, heart, cholesterol, or blood pressure medication.

Andreas Schwabe
Andreas Schwabe is editor and publisher of SolaGratia.ca, and an Edmonton-based multimedia & communication strategist and producer. His focus for SolaGratia is on administration, governance, and issues of faith. For clients, he writes or produces just about anything.
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Taking the Edge Off

Hello there. I hope you had a lovely long weekend. Things change on the May long weekend: Canadians bask in the sunshine (Look Ma, no parka!), drink a lot of beer, and start wear white slacks. You may have also noticed a new look for Sola Gratia today: fewer ads.

It’s expensive to run a website. There are server costs, time, research, and just the hardware and software to run all this stuff. It’s basically a small business that doesn’t make a dime. It’s not about profit, bit’s about ideas.

Andreas Schwabe
Andreas Schwabe is editor and publisher of SolaGratia.ca, and an Edmonton-based multimedia & communication strategist and producer. His focus for SolaGratia is on administration, governance, and issues of faith. For clients, he writes or produces just about anything.
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