Ch-ch-ch-changes

So, I’ve been a little AWOL lately and I apologize. The main reason for this is that in mid-August I (along with the other lay students at my school) all moved from one city to another, as our school has become part of a larger institution. Which means that in addition to having to get used to a new school, we all had to move out of our apartments and across the river. And, of course, the internet in my apartment didn’t work for the first three and a half weeks. A wee bit problematic when you’re a grad student, having blogs to post, and serve as a translator…

Most of us don’t deal well with change. I’m have a weird relationship with change. I kind of hate it, but I think that most of that has to do with the fact that I don’t often make small decisions. I’m much more of the move across the country and start over type. So perhaps that makes me hate change, since I never seem to do it in small increments. I feel like the protagonist in Dar Williams’ new song, “It’s Alright.”

“I know change is a bad thing, breaks me down into a sorry sad thing, not some iridescent grateful butterfly. I’ll resist with defiance, not the valor of a mystic silence, I will fight dizzy spiral of goodbye.”

And maybe that’s why the Church is so averse to change. I mean, most of us are quite averse to it in our own lives and so when you multiply that times 1 billion, it makes sense that change is not something we’re thrilled about.

For my part, I’m trying to be better about making smaller changes, so I don’t completely shock myself when change does come. Or, at the very least, I’m going to try and be a little less crabby about things being different.

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2 thoughts on “Ch-ch-ch-changes

  1. Were you a part of the merger with BC and Weston Jesuit (your river comment leads me to think yes)? I only heard that they were merging but nothing of the details. Does that mean Weston is no more? How has this affected all of the students other than classes and professors are now housed at BC? Are you still getting M.Div’ or is it a different degree now? Do you know the “why” behind it? When I was looking at theology/divinity programs, I was surprise to find that BC and Weston were so different, and now I am really intrigued by this merger. I’d love to know more about it. Thanks!

  2. This is a good post, and something I’ve thought about as well. As someone who can be resistant to change in my personal life as well, I have empathy for the fear that I believe is ultimately at the root of the Church’s (and perhaps the larger society’s) reluctance to change. But one thing I’ve learned is that, even when it is hard, change is SO GOOD. I’ve had tons of practice with change over the past few years, as basically my whole world changed around me (without my consent!) when two long-time friends (one my room-mate) moved away, I moved within the same city, and started a new job. And although it was a hard time (and things still haven’t really “settled” over a year later), it brought about SO many good things that I would never trade that change in for the comfort of the “same old.” I wish we could have the possibility of seeing all the good change in the Church might bring.

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