Baptism online. It's hit the headlines. Of course the way the media report things is always a bit skew-wiff so don't take it as gospel.
The bigger point about rethinking church, however, is completely on mark surely? Not the details of how sacraments are serviced but the bigger idea of what church is going to mean to people and what it can be for people.
At our Living the Questions discussion group on Tuesday we talked a lot about this bigger idea. So far when we rethink the church we have been just trying to create schemes and model that keep the old thing going. Presbytery Plans are case in point, General Assembly reports are case in point.
Where are the folk who are prepared to completely rethink what it means to be church, to become agents of transformation, to become catalysts for creating right relationships with our neighbour, to take over where government leaves off with justice for the poor and towards each other.
This report from the church is at least beginning to rethink what it means to be church which is a far cry from what most people are doing beyond trying to find a way to keep it doing what it is doing already.
We had a second long discussion tonight at our business committee about just this. We're very much engaged in rethinking church in New Kilpatrick and it is very exciting. We have no idea yet or no answer yet as to what it might be but we're thinking about it, explore it, discussing it, and finding evidence as to what those outside the church might help us become together, who the church will work with in partnership locally to transform communities.
Online baptism is the red herring folk love to grasp that laughs off the fear they have that church and what it means is changing. At least it is in New Kilpatrick. It's going to be great.