i am sure it has been touched on many times before, but as i read trying to catch up on some of the topics over the past few months, i see the word clique jump out on so many occassions.
why were there so many cliques? in the congregration i was in, we had a serious problem with it. there was three cliques in one hall. the elders' wives club, the pioneer lunch society (which was an extension of the elders' wives club), and then there was the 21-30 year olds clique that i would swear was a group for swapping spouses and getting drunk, but that i could never prove nor ever invited to.
there was always those who never fit in, who if they banded together, would have been the biggest and probably most fun group (minus the swapping spouses bit).