Molly took the TISEC curriculum into her own paws by deciding that no ordinand’s training in a rural parish was complete without a bit of midnight mousing. So we have reflected on:
- critical and creative theology: practical application of the moral debate on euthanasia vs. suffering;
‘The lord God made them all’ (discuss in relation to your attitudes towards cat and mouse when both are under the bed at 4 am).
- theological resourcer: clever cat… She passed with distinction at the mythical level 3.
- servant ministry: lamps ready, garden gloves and catching-towel by the bed.
- effective communicator: the mouse gained top marks here.
- prayerful disciple: credit to the mouse again, I suspect (unless my first ‘Oh, help’ counts.)
- collaborative worker: mouse leads cat into bedroom, cat catches mouse, I catch cat, cat holds on to mouse, I hold on to cat, encourage dropping the mouse and praise the mouse for not struggling and getting pierced. You see how it goes.
- critically aware person: (always my best category, this) this included rapid assessment of pastoral needs & relative strengths and weaknesses, and planning likely course of action to achieve desired goals (cat and human asleep inside. Mouse alive outside.)
- effective self assessor: well, the mouse failed, the cat made a good show, and I took top marks, with above goals (mostly) achieved within 5 minutes.
Now, time to check under the bush to see if we engage in prayers of thanksgiving for healing, or turn our minds to funeral liturgies.