This is my thousandth post on WordPress…

I have something that I really want to post on my blog, a worksheet for Remembrance Sunday for Children who might get a little bored with bits of the service. On one level, that’s a really, really important thing, perhaps representing the DNA of my ministry, and yet, I wanted to mark the 1000th post with a little bit of reflection. The worksheet will be my 1001th!

Looking at WordPress’s stats, I realise that I have been blogging here since 2006 ! As usual, these things start small and start to grow. This will never be a massively popular blog, but if people still keep finding useful stuff on it, then I am happy. The search terms can often be quite revealing and the way some people’s minds clearly work is astounding…

Blogging as an activity has moved from the core creative activity of many people into a standard or even secondary form of web activity: there isn’t as much diarising as people used to do, but it is the main tool of accessing resources. This is what I use this blog to do: to post stuff I have created rather than to pontificate on matters of the day. If I need to do that, I like many people do that on Facebook or Twitter: as though less (140 characters) was more.

 

Of course, back in 2005, Blogging got me into a serious amount of trouble in my former parish, where I learnt not for the first time that there are some truths that should never be said out loud, even if they are true. That was on another blogging platform and in a different age: when people understood the role of blogs differently, and definitely felt differently about the Internet. I stand by what I wrote then as it was the truth, and I accept that as a priest there are some ugly truths that should remain internalised, but we live and learn, and I certainly hope that is true of this site now. I seldom rant now and use this as a platform for the (almost) saccharinised spin on parishLife. Seriously though, if you haven’t got something positive to say, you have to ask yourself whether you need to say it. Having said that, that minor crisis was the turning point of that parish and the making of it: the telling of that truth moved them and the parish on in wonderful and bountiful ways and on reflection, I can’t help but wonder if it wasn’t God’s will all along…

Of course, some things I still say on this blog does prove unpopular in some circles: my commitment to Inclusivity on gender and sexuality does not make me popular with some, but I have lived with the label of “unsound” for so long, it is a part of me. I am committed to a sacramental view of mission and I despise the Prosperity Gospel and those narrow trite expressions of Church which make the Bible an idolatrous object. I will continue to call it as I see it, because my Ordination charge calls me to both encourage and to admonish. The latter not often,  but when needed.

So, raise a glass to the 1000th post on WordPress and the strange mixture of liturgy and creativity that makes up parishLife, and here’s to more of the same (I hope).