I do get asked at times about what happened at the most recent Metropolitan Council Meeting. Of course, we spend so much time in Executive session, that there often seems little that can be commented on. Additionally, I sit on the Ethics Committee and the Sexual Misconduct Policy Advisory Committee (SMPAC) which also due to legal and confidentiality requirements do not allow very much public discussion of what is going on in the OCA. Which is not to say that nothing is going on, but only that some of what is going on cannot be commented on and some of what goes on defies description. So I decided to offer a few more enigmatic comments to help me at least feel that I’ve reported something to the church which I serve. The best I could do this time is come up with three quotes from ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. This may not be helpful in offering information about what exactly happened in the meeting, but it does give expression to how I view some of the events.
Alice: If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn’t be, and what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?
Cheshire Cat: If I were looking for a white rabbit, I’d ask the Mad Hatter.
Alice: The Mad Hatter? Oh, no no no…
Cheshire Cat: Or, you could ask the March Hare, in that direction.
Alice: Oh, thank you. I think I’ll see him…
Cheshire Cat: Of course, he’s mad, too.
Alice: But I don’t want to go among mad people.
Cheshire Cat: Oh, you can’t help that. Most everyone’s mad here.
[laughs maniacally; starts to disappear]
Cheshire Cat: You may have noticed that I’m not all there myself.
Mad Hatter: Would you like a little more tea?
Alice: Well, I haven’t had any yet, so I can’t very well take more.
March Hare: Ah, you mean you can’t very well take less.
Mad Hatter: Yes. You can always take more than nothing.
See also my blogs: To Be Ruled Well is Typical of the Wise Person and Metropolitan Council: What Were You Discussing?
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Thank you, Fr Ted.
Did you ever hear the cartoon musical version of Alice in Wonderland put out by Disney? I remember my Daughters watching it incessantly when we lived in North Dakota (long winters…). Once, in one of those strange, unguarded moments that Parents occasionally have…and live to regret…I spontaneously created, out-loud, the following rhyme which is *still* in the Family Lexicon and trotted out in appropriate moments:
The Queen of Hearts
She ate some tarts
And, then, she got the farts!
I pass this along to you to use as deemed necessary.
I sometimes have work meetings like this. It’s a miracle bureaucracy works at all.
Sounds like a hit for the new fall lineup. Laugh track optional.
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Alice asks the Cat, “Which way should I go?”
The Cat responds, “That depends on where you are going.”
“I don’t know where I am going,” says Alice.
The Cat answers, “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”
It is true – if you don’t know where you are going than any road will get you there.