Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Ethics Problem

A certain clergywoman has a son who has Aikido class every Thursday at five. One week the clergywoman's husband was going to be out of town for work AND there was a wedding rehersal scheduled for Thursday at 4:00. Clever clergywoman figures out that there is no way the rehersal will be over in time for her to pick up kids from afterschool program and get across town to Aikido class by five. Regretfully, she figures son will simply have to miss class that day. HOWEVER, that same day son returns from Aikido class with the thrilling information that that very Thursday is the day they will be testing for new belt levels and it is VERY IMPORTANT that EVERYONE be in class that day ON TIME.

As this clergywoman is puzzling about this dilemma, the church office adminstrator informs her that the couple has called and wants to know if it would be okay to change the rehersal to 3:00. Does the clergywoman thank God and shout YES! YES! and AMEN! or does she remind the couple, (who do not actually live in the LA area) that this reschedule will mean they will likely be trying to get the wedding party to the rehersal dinner location at the very highes possible point of rush hour traffic???

12 comments:

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

The couple have their own Mom's to *remind* them.

Your job..I mean...the clergywoman's job is to shout YES YES!

Gord said...

THe couple are adults...no?

The couple can make adult decisions...no?

AS long as the change works from the church end any other scheduling issues are the couples problem (or lack thereof).

cheesehead said...

Take the miracle and run...

Linda (FM) said...

Absolutely NO. The clergywoman has NO ethical responsibility to remind them of that. She should simply thank God for this gift and carry on.

Preacher Mom said...

Thank God and shout YES! God has a wonderful way of taking care of the detaiils.

KnittinPreacher said...

Amen to all of the above! Now, had you called and suggested the change, i think you would be obligated, but this is thier call. Good luck with the belt testing for your son!

SpookyRach said...

What they all said and if somebody don't like it, have your son kick their butt!

Songbird said...

Besides, they'll have an extra hour to get there, right?

Quotidian Grace said...

God works in mysterious ways--take it and run.

Anonymous said...

I wonder . . . uhmmm . . . would a male pastor have such angst.

Embrace it with and in the GRACE with which it was offered.

Lydia

What Now? said...

Besides which, LA traffic is notoriously unreliable, in that "rush hour" doesn't know bounds and often starts and ends at times different than one might expect. So the change in hour might or might not affect the dinner plans anyway.

the reverend mommy said...

It's a God-thing. Take the opportunity and run.