This "Skeptic's Collection" column was first published in October of 2014. But in light of the recent mass shootings in, e.g., Las Vegas, NV, Sutherland Springs, TX, and Parkland, FL, it seems appropriate to reprint it now, especially given that the bravery, eloquence, and conscience of the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the latter city seem to have eventuated -- at least so we may hope -- a kind of moral conversion of the public debate on gun control. This column may well also be published as an essay in the Be-Zine, the other e-periodical for which I write. That is quite all right. To quote Mao Zedong: "Let a hundred flowers bloom". I want to add my modest impetus to the newly "woke" consciousness regarding the Second Amendment.
A well-regulated militia,
Ostensibly, one reason I am the associate pastor at Riverton Park UMC is that I am to help organize and revitalize worship. This is the first time that I am seemingly in charge of this vital part of churching. I have worked on worship committees. I have worked with worship committees. I have never been the worship committee before. I have realized, now, that I cannot operate this way. That I need to build a team and I need to do it in a hurry. I have very real anxiety about the amount of work that is coming up for the Advent* season. And Advent starts on Sunday. Holy mackaroly. The amount of work to be done this week seems insurmountable.
So, using my handy dandy tool called "the internet", I searched "What to do when work seems insurmountable" and found an article that has tips
Today, I'm going to do some self-care in the form of venting.
Generally, I wake up, do this daily practice, and I then go about my daily business. Today, I was so stressed over the activities in my calendar that I just spent over an hour attending to calendaring and email. This does not help the tense spot between my shoulders. Three times in the past five days I have had to recruit people to do the jobs that should have been my jobs to do. Now, it is not that I don't want others to do those jobs but that it is not their responsibility. But whatever. It takes a village to raise up a Terri.
Since I literally worked from about 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. yesterday, I missed the debate between Clinton and Trump. My bad. This whole situation stresses me out. I can't believe that we ar