May 11th, 2008

fire

"Jesus said to them again, 'Peace be with you.' " (John 20:21)

Today is Mother's Day [Note to self: hernewshoes' post.] and Pentecost.

The former got basically ignored at my churches -- which I'm okay with, as I'm not into the fetishization of motherhood.

CHPC had lots of hymns using Spirit, and the sermon was a bit about "What Is The Holy Spirit?"  I wore red and did the Scripture readings (Acts 2:1-21, and John 20:19-23).

CWM had A Service in Remembrance and Celebration of General Conference (though, as last year, it also had a blessing of the mothers, with a typically inclusive interpretation of "mothers" :) ).

One of the readings was Jeremiah 29:1-11 (the source of GC's theme this year: "A Future With Hope").  Tiffany changed some of the language (e.g. using "partners" and "children") but I'm just c&p-ing from oremus.
Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let the prophets and the diviners who are among you deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams that they dream, for it is a lie that they are prophesying to you in my name; I did not send them, says the LORD.

For thus says the LORD: Only when Babylon’s seventy years are completed will I visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place. For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart, I will let you find me, says the LORD, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, says the LORD, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.

-Jeremiah 29:4-14 (NRSV)
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When I was looking at Christianity Today online the other day, one of the links on the front page was: "Blessed Be the NAME of the Lord: Why 'Creator, Redeemer, Sanctifier' is somewhere between heresy and idolatry" (A Christianity Today editorial - May 8, 2008).  Collapse )
pride

"There are some things I cannot request for Femslash08 because they are het." -Ari

Pride is coming up, and according to the calendar, the parade is Saturday, June 14 this year.  This probably makes my life easier, but why is there no Boston Pride Interfaith Service anywhere during the Boston Pride "Week" of Friday June, 6th - Sunday June 15th?

In other news, I'm unclear as to the difference between "Pride Day at Faneuil Hall" (Saturday June 7th: 10am-5pm) and the Boston Pride Parade (12noon) and subsequent Boston Pride Festival (12noon-6pm: City Hall Plaza, Boston) on Saturday June 14th.

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Some attempt at putting the remainder of my spring/summer schedule all in one place:
+ MFA GLBT film festival
+ This coming Sunday, May 18, is Smith College Commencement.  Is it really worth my going?
+ Friday, May 23, is Neil Gaiman and Henry Jenkins at MIT.
+ Friday, May 30, is the last Singspiration of the season.
+ Friday, June 6: King John with Cate (at some point we'll come up with dinner plans)
+ Saturday, June 14, as mentioned, is Boston Pride.
+ I think I'm going to visit my brother in California, June 20-23.
+ I think I'm going to have the party for my (25th!) birthday on Saturday, July 12.
+ I've been invited to Carolyn's wedding, Sunday, August 3, in the middle of nowhere, Michigan, though I doubt I'll go.
+ My brother and I are going to Europe approximately Aug. 11-21 (which planning I have totally failed to work on two weekends in a row).