I see the problem as political. When people are not heard, not represented, or disavowed, then deep hurts, and injustice for those people follow.
I feel like this at the moment. I trained as a lay preacher. First of all, I was given the status of emeritus without any discussion, or agreement on my part. Now I find that I have arbitrarily been removed from my status as emeritus altogether. It's as though I never existed as a Lay Preacher.
This has troubled me a lot over over the last few days. I have had my qualification taken away from me without any consent. This should not be possible, but it has happened.
I don't even know how I feel, other than shocked, and probably a silent anger. Quiet anger in me is not good. I will need to tackle the subject, because I don't want a festering heart.
It seems to me, that a decision about me has been made. I don't think this should happen without my involvement.
I was called by God to preach. I did the job asked of me. I became ill, and when I was ready to return, I had already been rejected.
I don't think I need a mandate from anyone to answer God's phone calls, but to find the 'Church' is happy to make sure the doors are shut and bolted, makes me feel rather despondent. I may, or may not have taken up the preaching call in future, but the Church has already given me a finite decree!
Oh well, back to the drawing board I suppose. Seems pretty small minded, and rude not to invite me for a conversation about it...
My point is that even one person needs to be acknowledged.
As a body of people, who have obvious grievance, the diplomacy table should be laying on the proverbial banquet. A small body of people with an ideology can stand up to a great army.
Remember drinking from the pool? Only those who scooped water to their mouths were taken to battle. I read this as people capable of fighting for an ideology. Surprising how the Bible tells great truths.
There is always common ground to start dialogue, that's why us Brits always talk about the weather!
Anyway, at least I can identify with anyone else being chucked out of their denomination.
God doesn't have denominations. We do. Just try to dwell on the very real truth that God loves you and me, and all the dispossessed. We are hidden under his wing, a sceptre in his hand.
We we must be more aware of the love of God for us, and each other, our repentance, and forgiveness for others, while we are outside the fold of the Church, than ever we were in it.