May the Force Be With Us

May 16, 2013

There are the same number of Jedi Knights as there are Wesleyans!  Well, that’s not entirely true, there are the same number of Jedi across Canada as there are Wesleyans in Atlantic Canada.  But still. . .    
They are in decline and while some are quick to offer up reasons, nobody is offering up solutions.  Those who have left speak about how they have outgrown their faith or talk about its lack of relevance.  Those who still embrace their beliefs would say that those who left never truly understood their religion, or simply didn’t have the commitment to see it through.  That would be the Jedi knights, not the Wesleyan, we are actually growing.   
In the last census, Statistics Canada discovered the number of Jedi Knights in Canada had fallen from a high of over 20,000 to slightly over 9,000.   It is interesting to note that the Jedi still outnumber some other religions.   According to Statistics Canada, there are more Jedi Knights than all the declared Satanists, Scientologists, Zoroastrians and Rastafarians combined.   But, if the downward trend continues that won’t always be the case. 
We have Wesleyan churches that are travelling in the same direction as the Jedi and unless we can find solutions instead of excuses. . .
Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.