Monday, March 12, 2007

Chapliancy stuff

In a nutshell, my thoughts on the whole debate about chaplians being in schools. I can't see why anybody should really have a problem with it. At the end of the day the school can use the chaplain in any way possible, so they can be an extra member of the counselling team if need be.

So they're no different to any other social worker other than the fact that they can offer the kids spiritual guidance too if they want it. Of course thats optional, so where's the problem. In very multi-faith schools it may be a bit problematic, but I don't see why everybody's trouting off.

I hope I'm looking past my own bias here, as a Christian youth worker/potential Chaplain of sorts (but one who isn't actually applying for the funding this year) but if not, please tell me.


Jono said...

Yeah, it seems so illogical to not have a chaplain in a school, if all they are is an asset. Really, the only people complaining, I think, are the stubborn people. Excuse me if I'm being too rash insaying that. I can't see why you would rather not have a chaplain in a school, when you could! But that's just my opinion. I don't think your bias is affecting your stance, Digger.

Christop said...

I don't think that the government should be providing chaplains, because it gives the government more influence over them, and it takes away from the church's resposibility for them.

Digger said...

Yeah thats an interesting point Christop, and would like to hear more about that?

From what I understand thats a similar stance to what Urban Seed take on Government handouts right?

So in what way would the Government have more influence over them?

And I don't necessarily agree that it takes away the churches responsibility, as that 20 grand does need to be supplememnted by money from the churches and CCES etc.

Christop said...

My problem is that when the church is dependant on the government for money, it makes it pretty difficult for the church to point out anything crap that the government might be doing.
Part of why we avoid taking money from the government is because they'd want us to shut up about issues that are quite important to our ethos (particularly gambling). We sometimes get local government funding of one-off projects, but that's all.

Digger said...

Yeah I thought that might have been where u were coming from, and its an interesting point worth thinking about.

I don't know if it necessarily does mean you can't still critique the government. Just cos I live at home doesn't mean I have to agree with everything my Mum says, cos I'm old enough to have a different opinion.

But I dunno, its an interesting one.