Thursday, July 16, 2009

Convention stuff.

There have been lots of little things happening during convention that are noteworthy.

Frank Wade's meditations, reflections, and prayers have been outstanding. He is the absolute non-anxious presence in the House of Deputies and is the one whose calming voice and understated humor have kept us spiritually focused. Word is that his meditations will be available after convention. One of my favorites: "We are followers of Jesus because he is going somewhere. ... In the best of times and in the worst of times, Christianity is a verb; it is something we do."

The Abrahmic blessing sung by Hebrew, Muslim, and Christian cantors was awesome. It was the only time I've seen the HoD totally quiet and totally still. I wish we had a recording of that. The Hebrew cantor's voice was like a beautifully played instrument, the Muslim's voice brought back memories of the call to worship in the Holy Land, and the Christian's voice was soft and shepherd-like. The clarity of their voices transcended language. It was an incredible experience.

I've learned a new term: curative rape. This is a method used in Southern Africa to cure lesbians of their lesbianism. With the aid of their families, lesbians are kidnapped and held in a room for a weekend with a man who continually rapes them. This is supposed to cure them of their same-sex orientation. If it doesn't kill them or result in suicide, I guess. Talk about barbaric.

Which brings to mind a quote that was made from a microphone: "Original sin is the only empirically verifiable doctrine of organized religion." E.K. Chesterton

I've noticed that there are still Episcopalians who don't know how to use the words 'Episcopal' and 'Episcopalian.' Someone at a microphone referred to Episcopalian members. Ouch! An Episcopalian is a person or a thing. It's not an adjective. For some of our ears, hearing this kind of misuse is like fingernails against a chalkboard.

I had a wonderful conversation with a parishioner who is in an upstate New York parish I served about 15 years ago. How time has mellowed us both...

I was surprised during the presentation from the national president of the Episcopal Church Women. They have taken on the issues of transgender rights and human trafficking.

From revisions to a number of resolutions, I've learned that Episcopalians do not direct anyone to do anything; we strongly encourage them.

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