Post by Mike Post by carolet
Surely it is only within the last week or two that Freddie said to her
that she'd make a good vicar. Her reaction didn't sound to me as if it
was something that she had been considering. I think that that is when
the idea first occurred to her. I thought that she was rather rushing
into it by talking to Alan about it already.
Exactly. I think Alan was absolutely right when he suggested it was
part of her flailing around, trying to find some purpose and shape to
her life, post-divorce. Hopefully, she'll realise that this is the
case, when she stops to think over everything Alan said.
Post by Mike
Another half-baked plot line then :-(
Not necessarily. If it's just one of her false starts and flounderings
as she tries to find her feet it could be pretty realistic (if not
hugely enjoyable for the listeners). It would only really count as half
baked, if Alan had welcomed the suggestion with open arms and, by this
time next year, she was the Revd. Shula.
The thing which did surprise me was that Alan had said she was already a
Lay Reader. This was the first I'd heard of that, although she had been
invited to give a sermon, not so long ago, but that was clearly the
first time she'd done anything like that. My understanding was that to
become a Lay Reader, you needed to have done a fair bit of theological
training and assessments from the bishop - none of which we've heard any
mention of Shula having done.
As a lay reader, she would also have given sermons, and taken the odd
service (although nothing involving communion), many times before.
Best wishes, Serena
England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.