November 23rd, 2007

warmth in the cold

[CAUMC] Thanksgiving (food) [2007-11-15]

Our reading was a UU sermon: "Getting Real About Food" by Ana Porter

She talked about God telling Moses to take off his shoes in the story of the burning bush.
Moses had to have the humility and intimacy of his bare feet in direct contact with the earth before he could begin his conversation with the divine.

Our sun is a fire that burns like that burning bush. For all intents and purposes, it burns without being consumed. And the light from that great fire travels all the way to earth and gets transformed by green plants into substances that we can then eat. Plants grow in the ground and they turn sunlight into food which literally becomes our bodies. Surely any ground in which such miracles happen is holy ground. Perhaps we should all be taking off our shoes.
She talked about our dislocation from our food and challenged her congregants to pledge to spend $10/wk on locally and/or organic food.

In the discussion that followed, Trelawney said I inspire her every week with my vegetarianism. I said this was funny because I can so easily get complacent. Trelawney said that's one reason she thinks community is so important -- that we keep pushing each other and suchlike. She said we all inspire her in different ways -- and then went around the circle. And then did a round of real Affirmations.
face up (and sing)

[CWM] Twenty Fifth Sunday After Pentecost [2007-11-18]

Continuing my day's theme of "I should bring a camera more places," we had a lovely blue and green setup.

Tiffany was traveling, so Will was the worship leader.

Will: "It's the holidays, and it's gonna be okay. I think it's gonna be okay."
He said this Sunday is a weird Sunday 'cause is this Thanksgiving Sunday? is next Sunday Thanksgiving Sunday? He said that as the bulletin notes, it's the Twenty Fifth Sunday After Pentecost, and that it's hard to get excited about that. He said he feels like this time of year we're "so done with ordinary time" that we're reaching for things to celebrate -- All Saints' Day, Reformation Sunday, Thanksgiving Sunday. He continued, "In some churches, next Sunday is 'Christ the King' Sunday -- as if we needed a special Sunday to celebrate patriarchy. Of course here at Cambridge Welcoming, next week we're celebrating 'Christ Miss Thing' Sunday."
[Later in the week, sangerin posted about looking forward to Christ the King Sunday because of all the stuff going on in Australian politics. I thought this was a useful counterpoint. Personally I don't have a problem with the concept of Christ the King, since I interpret it as above and in contrast to earthly notions of kingship, though I recognize that sermons about it could easily glorify hierarchical structures of domination.]

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