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The article below was written by Dr. Gary Eller for The World Herald, From the Pulpit
January 28, 2017

“Last Stop for the Big Top”

Where were you when you first heard that the Greatest Show on Earth, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus, is closing? For nearly 150 years the big top show has entertained and thrilled audiences around the world. Now, for both financial and policy reasons, the circus is ending with a final set of performances in Tampa, Florida.

Reactions to the demise of “America’s living treasure,” as it is sometimes called, have been mixed. Some are celebrating what they view as the mistreatment of the animals who were always a big part of the show; especially, the elephants. Others are genuinely sad, like they just got word of the death of an old family friend. A few are trying last efforts to buy the circus and keep it going.

If the circus was an almost magical part of your childhood, then your emotional reaction to its passing strikes home in many ways. You may not have actually attended the circus in years. That’s not the point. The circus is like a favorite toy from your early life that you packed away in a box somewhere. You feel comforted just knowing that you could go get it, even if you don’t. Now you can’t.

Losses are an inevitable part of adult life. Judith Viorst called them “necessary losses” while reminding us that we can grow through them. That’s an important word of hope to keep in mind as our familiar world becomes the past.

The wisdom of Ecclesiastes echoes here: to everything there is a season.

Dr. Gary S. Eller
Westminster Presbyterian Church


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Does it really matter whether we train our future ministers and church leaders, including our Commissioned Ruling Elders? One denominational leader who has spent many years in theological education recently wrote:

"Saying we can no longer afford an educated clergy is like saying hospitals can no longer afford doctors, schools can no longer afford teachers, or construction companies can no longer afford engineers."



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