The Womens Institute management have instructed thier various branches not to say say prayers at any carol concerts that they may be holding, why?
incase it offends none christians!!!!
Surely people attending a Carol service would realise that they are attending a "Christian" celebration and be at ease with the services content.
Is this the PC brigade undermining a British tradition or is it something more subversive???
Regards the Bear
Don't worry Bear I have supplied one ,night night.
I have always been under the impression that the WI has always had a firm tie with the church, and the local Curate being an ever present focal
WI announcements are given after sevices and are usually based in the relevant church hall.
this being so how can members be offended bythe saying of Christian prayers at Christian celebrations?
Regards the Bear
It makes sense to me to offer Christian prayers.
If group prayers are offered, those who wish to join in group prayer get what they wish to do, and those who wish not to pray get their own wish as well--everybody wins.
If no one leads prayers, those who wish not to pray get their wish, but those who wish to join in group prayer do not get to do so--so the Christians lose.
I always understood the WI to be attached to the Christian church anyway. When did that cease to be true?
Saying prayers is hardly indoctrination.
It doesn't appear to be 'related' to the Church in any way.
We have the Scottish WRI here which is more of a rural institute with farming links. here
What has led to my confusion is that our local WRI meet in the local church halls but I suppose that's just a letting arrangement rather than a church affiliation. It must be pure coincidence that all of the women I know who go also attend the local church - not the one I go to.
They're willing to celebrate a Christian Tradition, they can, at least, say thanks (prayers).
A representation of my current migrane, and also of the sort of incident that must have encouraged such rediculous thinking.