I'm not talking about those who were a victim of ministerial misconduct. That's a whole other issue.
I've become aware that part of the anti-ministerial attitude shared by some in our church comes from having had a negative experience with a minister in the past.
For most, it was in another denomination. A minister who made them feel excluded. A minister who didn't preach of love. Someone who made them feel less than what they are.
For some, it happened in our own church, in the past. They feel disillusioned.
I know that this has been an issue in other UU churches as well. It doesn't always manifest as an anti-minister attitude, sometimes these folks go to a church that already has a minister. But they carry with them the pain of previous religious experience.
Unlike most of my posts, this isn't a rhetorical question. I ask you -- do you have a program for healing these souls when they come to your church? You can put the anti-minister attitude to the side. It will be years before we can afford a minister anyway.
But how do we help them heal?
How do we give them "hope and courage"?