10.01.2007

The Curse of Email

I just wanted to say it was certainly a pleasure meeting you at the annual meeting this weekend. It is very encouraging to see young pastors such as yourself who are poised, articulate, and professional in both demeanor and dress taking leadership positions in the UCC. I hope we have the opportunity to cross paths again and I wish you the best always in your ministry.


This was the email that arrived in my inbox just now. Apparently, I met this person at our Annual Meeting this weekend. I don't remember who it was. But, I'm annoyed by this email. Why shouldn't I be "poised, articulate and professional" just because I am young clergy? And why is it necessary to comment on my clothing? I was actually pushing the envelope a little with what one of my colleagues called "catwoman boots." But, why is that needed? Why?

9 comments:

more cows than people said...

yuck. that IS an annoying e-mail.

good job on fidelia's sisters. it rocks.

Songbird said...

I wonder who that was?
Also wonder if it wasn't a diss more against the young and clergy than against young clergy...
and I loved the boots.

ppb said...

I hate it when I get emails like that, and I can't remember who the person is! I guess I'd respond to it differently depending on who the speaker was, and not being able to remember that would make me nuts!

Pastor Peters said...

I replied:

Thanks for your email. I admit that after meeting so many people this weekend, I'm having a hard time placing your face with your name. But, I do appreciate your words and your blessing.

I would only add God pushes us to do amazing things -- and age should not be a deterrent on that fact. Professionalism is not only acquired but offered by others when we truly share in ministry. This is the joy of our work together.

Stacey said...

I'm going to Scotland Jan. 8-15. Still saving the dates for Daphne's...

LittleMary said...

WTF? your response is great. and fidelia's is awesome. and there have been SEVERAL times that i wished i had at least your email, let alone your phone number to pick up and call you. so, my email is teachat1@gmail.com and then i can give you my number when we aren't commenting and you can give me yours:)

ymp said...

can we all say age-ism?
loudly?
please?
but thanks for making a positive impression...
oh, and I loved Fidelia's Sisters, totally sharing that with others.

apbs said...

It is very encouraging to see young pastors such as yourself who are poised, articulate, and professional in both demeanor and dress taking leadership positions in the UCC, because you subverted my expectations of young people being slovenly, inarticulate, and completely unprofessional in both demeanor and dress.

Pastor Peters said...

apbs, you are funny.