May 2009

Dean Baker has been highlighting how states and the District of Columbia have been moving to accept gay marriage.  One article I found particularly interesting is about New York, and how some Republicans have been moved to support gay marriage.  If you want to see this, you can go here.  I heard second hand, yesterday, about how Sara Palin greeted a friend she grew up with in her home town.  She was introduced to his partner.  And she said something to the effect of “you seem to make him happy — congratulations.”  No, I don’t think she’s likely to support gay marriage.  But more and more people have a face for gay marriage.  And people tend to be supportive of those they care for, at least on a personal level.  I know.  Not always.  And it sure takes a long time sometimes.  But I continue to see movement towards justice and inclusion and love.  It gives me real hope.

Had a chance to see the Indigo Girls in Concert at the Crest last night with my daughter.  It was great!  This is the second time we’ve had a chance to see them live.  We’ve been following them since she was about 10 when we heard the staff at our diocesan camp playing their music and liked it.  Good music.  Great words.  Very likeable presence.

Some of their music is about being lesbian.  You can hear the pain in some of what they sing, as well as the pride.  There is a real spirituality in their music.  Some of it seems specifically Christian.  But there is also a real openness to a viriety of paths.  The place was really rockin when they sang “Closer to Fine” as their closing (before oncores) number — which is very clear about not looking for a single, definitive path.  There is a real sense of inclusiveness in what they sing.

I guess their music might not be for everyone.  But they touch on the human experience with honesty and openness and humility.  They have added joy to my life.  They’ve made me think.  I would certainly recommend their music for a listen.  You can find their home page here.

The son of a couple who attend St. George’s died about a week ago.  He was 20 years old, and it looks like it was probably an accidental drug overdose (mixing alchohol and other drugs recreationally).  I’ve been wanting to address this, and didn’t know what I wanted to say.  This is simply tragic for him, his family and his friends (of whom there are many).  There is nothing that makes it alright.  But we do have to live with it.  And we will have to move forward from here.

My sermon for last Sunday, Mother’s Day, wrote itself once I started writing about a parent’s love and God’s love.  And, although it is not really about this death, the sermon does mention his death, and is really probably what I would want to say about his death.  So it’s about love and death and even something about my core beliefs as a Christian.

If you want to hear the sermon, you can find it here.  (The week beginning May 10 it’s the video sermon on this page.  In following weeks, it should be available in the audio links to earlier sermons.)  If you would like to read the sermon, it follows below: (more…)

Marshall Scott writes in his article “What will be lost,” which I found in the Daily Episcopalian part of Episcopal Cafe:

For most of my career in the Episcopal Church we have been conscious of – even proud of – our vagueness. That’s not to say that it hasn’t driven every one of us crazy at some point; but we cherished it nonetheless. It allowed us to always pray together, usually worship together, and sometimes work together despite our strongly-held differences. The old epigram associated “Broad-” churchmanship and “haziness;” but the truth was that we all took part in some haziness as a central strategy of living together in the Episcopal Church.

I think he’s right.  We are being driven to do something which is counter to the roots of tradition:  to define concisely what one must believe to be an Episcopalian (and thus define out anyone who doesn’t fit in this narrow definition).  We are in danger of losing the breadth which is our heritage.  We are in danger of declaring that we cannot live with and pray with those who disagree with us on important issues.  We are in danger of creating outcasts in the Body of Christ.  I think it’s awful!  If you’d like to see the rest of his article, you can find it here.

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