Thursday, September 25, 2008

Bible study, Ugg boots and church ministers

I went to the Bible study at our American pastor's house again yesterday. Again, everybody removed their shoes.

A girl explained to the pastor's wife that the Ugg boots she was wearing were slippers. I had heard that some people use Ugg boots as slippers, but I had never seen anybody doing that. Girls always seem to wear them outdoors. The first time I saw Ugg boots I thought they looked hideous, but I have gotten used to them. But I simply cannot understand girls wearing Ugg boots on hot summer days. Their feet must be so sweaty.

The pastor's house is the first shoes-off house I have visited in the UK (remember my definition? 'A home where there is a manifest expectation that shoes will be removed.'), though it is interesting that the occupants are Americans.

I remember a while ago reading a discussion thread about shoes-off policies. A commenter on the thread mentioned a vicar she knew who had a strict shoes-off policy on account of the many visitors he and his wife had.

Religious ministers are a group of people who are likely to have more visitors to their homes than other people. For that reason, I think that they would be very wise to adopt the shoes-off rule. If you are a Christian, please think about your church minister's carpet or floor when you visit him. They often do not earn much money so they can't afford to get regular carpet cleaning or replace their floors.

6 comments:

Bob said...

Hi Matthew....glad to see that you are posting again....I miss reading new posts....how is the job search coming?...By the way was the girl wearing Uggs trying to not comply with the shoes off rule by stating they were slippers?

Celestial Fundie said...

Bob, it is hard to come up with new posts on this subject. Sorry.

I hae not found a job yet. I got invited to an interview today, but it is a long journey to get there and I am not sure I want this job. Maybe I will attend.

This girl had removed her shoes and had been in her socks before her feet got cold, as she explained to the pastor's wife.

I did not hear what the pastor's wife had said prior to her giving this explanation. She may have challenged her about the footwear or she may have just been commenting on them.

God Bless

Matthew

Bob said...

Matthew...I am sure that it is hard to come up with revelant blogs on a daily basis.....is the job market in the UK as tight as it is here in the US?....I wish you well in your search

Celestial Fundie said...

I am sure the job market could be a lot worse.

I am mostly looking at jobs in the charitable sector.

richyrich said...

Good luck with your job search. As both the economic situation and the fact that pastors are low paid has been mentioned, the "credit crunch" and economic downturn may lead to more people turning their homes into "no shoes" ones, as they will want to save money on cleaning and replacing their carpets/floors.

Celestial Fundie said...

Thanks, Rich.

Yes, the credit cruch could make a difference in that way.

On the other hand, if it stops women getting pedicures it might not be so good.

Then again, I doubt most Eastern European women get pedicures that often; they wear slippers.

God Bless

Matthew