Friday, January 26, 2007

Ministers Behaving Badly. In Assembly

As readers will have noticed, the Church and State Committee of the United Free Church of Scotland became rather an embarassment over time. In 1911 Mr. R.M. Adamson of Ardrossan moved that the Committee's activities (which included involvement with Liberal disestablishment campaigns) be suspended for a year.
A member of the Assembly rose and asked if it was in order to move that a standing committee of the Church should be silenced. Was it in order to appoint a committee to do nothing?
The Moderator of the debate, Dr. John Young, rose and surveyed the assembled ministers and elders.
"Oh, it is quite in order," he said. "A standing committee may be one that never sits."

The whole Assembly was convulsed with laughter for several minutes.



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