Today’s cartoon is entitled ‘Segregation‘, and is to do with men’s groups and ladies groups in churches. If you’d like to republish this cartoon info is here and the high resolution version is here. This cartoon, along with the other church ones I’ve posted this week, is from ‘The Exciting World of Churchgoing‘ – see info about all of my books here. Actually, thinking about it, don’t publish this cartoon in your parish mag as it might upset someone.
So, men’s and women’s groups. I’m not really an enthusiast, as you may know by my countless posts on the subject over the years. Many of the social activities at my church are organised in such a way and I don’t go, preferring instead to go to a home group which is me plus mainly women. I went to the men’s group once, but didn’t feel like I belong. I don’t know why really. Maybe it is because I find football a bit dull.
On the other hand, perhaps if I had gone to a men’s group I would know and have talked to some men, which in hindsight might have been a good thing to do. Perhaps I might have avoided some of life’s pitfalls. Who knows.
I understand why churches run men’s groups, as they are a way of attracting men, and churches find that difficult. I suppose my argument is that if you want to run a ‘beer, curry and tractors’ evening then let women come along too. I know quite a few women who love beer, curry and tractors.