Thursday, June 22, 2006
Who would think that writing a resignation letter would be so tough. I have gone through three different ones already and still am not too sure what to say.
It would be easy if I was just in a "regular" job. I would say I was leaving and that would be that. But leaving a position in a church can be much more difficult. How much do the people need to know? How to state things without inciting more questions? Will my leaving cause problems in the congregation?
Actually, if there are problems in the congregation, that is not my problem. People will react as they will react. Granted, I do have some responsibility to be mature about the process, but I cannot make people think or feel anything.
So, do I tell people that I am having problems with the direction the ELCA seems to be moving and the speed (or lack of speed) that it is moving? Or do I tell them exactly what my problems are with the polity of the ELCA and why I am leaving?
I am not ashamed of what I am and I do not have a problem in telling people, I just don't know if telling is the right thing. Unfortunately, I have to come up with something.
I will be meeting with the ELCA bishop on Wed. I hope it goes well.