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Clergywomen in Lake Wobegon
June 1, 2010 |
To the Host:
I've noticed over the last several months that you have introduced two Lutheran clergywomen to your "News From Lake Wobegon" stories. I've also noticed that they are portrayed considerably less positively than Pastor Inqvist (or the two Roman Catholic priests) have been. One is a glutton and a gossip and the other is just nuts.
Since I live in Mississippi, I don't actually have much opportunity to interact with Lutheran clergywomen, but as the husband of a United Methodist clergywoman, I can say that of all the United Methodist clergywomen in Mississippi, none of them, to my knowledge, is anything like the two you have portrayed in your stories.
I don't recall having a lot of good things to say about Pastor Ingqvist it always was much more about his wife Judy, and the pastor was a mild, passive, fairly boring man. Same with Father Emil and Father Wilmer: stuffed shirts, both of them, remembered mainly for small idiosyncrasies. The women are much more interesting. Pastor Liz simply believes that the Holy Spirit has called her to serve the Lutherans of Lake Wobegon. If that's what you call nuts, Jon, then the New Testament was written by and for crazy people. As for gluttony and gossip, they are common in Midwestern small towns, among men and women alike, and if you don't have such problems in the United Methodist church of Mississippi, then you're just better than we are. No surprise there.