Once again I met Archdruid Eileen today. She was gloating about the vote by the clergy in the Church of England to reject the bishops' report on suppressing ungodliness. And I told her I was concerned that this sort of behaviour was reducing the manliness of the Church of England - if, indeed, it has any left.
Eileen referred me to a book called "Why Men Hate Going to Church", which is apparently being critiqued by a friend of hers on Twitter.
A great book, and one that has inspired me to turn the ethos of the Funambulist Baptist Church to ensure we attract more men. Doing a quick nose-count of last Sunday's service, for instance, I believe we had 29 women and 12 men at church: roughly a 3:2 ratio. My ambition for the Funambulist Baptists is that, over the next twelve months, we aim for a 1:1 ratio between men and women.
To that end, I am introducing some men-friendly rules. Although not in a "living by the Law" way - strictly in a "godly behaviour" way. From now on, men are forbidden from shaving. We shall be more manly within the week.