Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical (hermionesviolin) wrote,
Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical
hermionesviolin

from the sublime to the ridiculous

Smith's performance of the Verdi Requiem was the night of the day the Pope died.
Requiem=rest, and yet it contains so many "dies irae" (day of judgment, lots of wrath). Most beautiful part of the whole thing, lots of percussion and all, but still weird.
I really liked the Sanctus&Benedictus. And the Responsory, though when it ended [i was following along in the program] and then there was more i was confused.

I had forgotten that because this is the Sunday after Easter, First Churches' service focused a lot on the Resurrection etc.

Besides the Pope and Terri Schiavo, Frank Perdue and Fred Korematsu also died this week.

The Bible-Art-Culture symposium was largely underwhelming (to my mind) but Amy-Jill Levine was amazing (as akronohten had said she is).

A lot of the talk about Donfried talked about him doing a lot for ecumenical relations, which came as a total surprise to me. I mean, he's Mr. "Paul the Jew," but who knew he was Lutheran? I distinctly remember him making some remark about Lutherans, because i remember thinking "What is it with the religion department and Lutherans?" because he and Joel both said something within the space of a week about "Catholics and Lutherans," as if Lutheran=Protestant. Not that people don't make cracks about the groups they belong to, i just totally thought he [Donfried] was Catholic.

Raymond Collins talked about the ecumenical nature of the early Church.
Matthew rewrote Mark to make it more comprehensible to Jews, and Luke rewrote it as well (to make it more Hellenistic? i was unclear on that bit). John shows the tension between two churches. Ephesians reworks Paul's understanding of the church. Corinthians is charismatic while Timothy is legalistic. Yeah, i don't know what all that means either, but those are my notes.

Amy Jill Levine was intelligent and witty and sharp and fun and engaging, and my notes on her talk made me want to just have a printed copy
Her talk was called "Agreeing to Disagree: Biblical Perspectives on Jewish-Christian Dialogue."

She says that Judaism gets called Christianity's mother religion, probably because the father-son metaphors were already taken, but that a better analogy is siblings fighting over the parents' legacy, which made so much sense to me but which i had never heard before.
She included Anglicanism in small c catholicism (Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican) which made me happy because it weirds me out when Anglicanism gets talked about as Protestant. I mean, i know it's Pope-less and allows divorce, but the structure of the Mass and the traditions and everything, it just feels Catholic Lite to me.
"We're all children of Abraham; it's time to start being a blessing to each other."
Liberation theology problematically posits the crucifixion as a triumph of the patriarchy (the problematic she focused on was the fact that at the time of the crucifixion, the patriarchy was Judaism -- she quoted extensively from a World Council of Churches publication that made that explicit).

She talked about the terminology debate and said that some people argue the term "Old Testament" is demeaning and marginalizing and that she bought that for a while, but then "I got old." And she said that no kid hears "Old Testament" and thinks "Lesser Testament;" after all, "It has all the good animal stories." She thinks using the terms "Old Testament" and "New Testament" when talking about the two portions of the Christian Bible makes sense, and that if you're going to talk about the "Hebrew Scriptures" or whatever, you can just use the term that Jews use: TANAKH.
TANAKH ends with Chronicles' imperative to "go home" (or in some medieval manuscripts, Nehemiah, which is Creation) versus the Old Testament ordering which ends with prophecy that the New Testament reads as being realized in Jesus (whose birth opens the New Testament).
The terminology discussion as well as the list of OT/NT similarities were both reminiscent of Joel's class.
She was very articulate, particularly about the Moses/Jesus parallel. She said that Jesus and David looked the same in the coloring books, that they had minor differences, but "the sheep are the same," which felt a very powerful/poignant phrase to me.

She talked about how Catholicism is much closer to Judaism than Protestantism is with the approach to the text -- ongoing interpretation vs. gilding of pure text, that Protestants view a lot of it as unnecessary myths and rituals. Yes, i am so Protestant.
She also talked about the issue of God choosing people, whether you're destined to be chosen or whether God sees potential and thinks, "I can work with this kid."
She told the story of Abraham in his father's idol shop. He was working and dropped one of the idols and realized that the idols weren't actually gods and destroys all the idols save one in a corner. His father returns and is furious. He asks what happened and Abraham points to the idol in the corner and says, "He did it." ::hearts that story:: (Which i had totally never heard before.)

She said that we shouldn't water down tradition by overemphasizing the similarities. And she emphasized the importance of reading the texts together, to understand what each other sees in them and how each other reads them.

She said that Jews do good not to get into Heaven -- getting into Heaven is already taken care of as part of the covenant between God and Israel -- but because it's their role.

She closed her talk asking rhetorically, Could there have been a better first professor of the Bible to have than Donfried and answered her own question with "May-genoito. [my phonetic spelling of the Greek] By no means." I laughed, but i was the only one. Donfried is forever quoting that bit of Romans 6:15, the Greek immediately followed by the English translation.

Barry Moser talked about illustrated Bibles and about art and i just wasn't into it.

Kathy Eden's lecture was on "The Bible's Place in an Academic Curriculum" and could have been, i think, much better than it was.
Basically it was a historical overview of multiple times that people question the inclusion of the Bible (or other religious texts) in academic curriculums, the point being that this is an old question. I was hoping for more of a discussion of a solution to the current incarnation of the question.

Cynthia Schneider had such potential (the subtitle of her talk was "Science, Politics, and Religion in Popular Culture," she does cultural diplomacy, etc.) but basically it was a laundry list of "Look, isn't this problematic/contradictory, that people are focusing on this and not that, that people support this and not that, etc." without really saying anything of substance. And yet it was 40 minutes long. (Everyone else was 20-30 minutes long.)

I did a large alcohol run Saturday night. It occurred to me that i get approximately 20% - like a waitress; you pay for your food and you also pay the person who brings it to you.

Ruhi proved that she gives good hickeys. ("Joygasm" was Alana's word.) I heart my friends who don't need to get drunk (not that my friends who do drink aren't entertaining when drunk).

I went to the "Confessions of a Sex-Crazed Mind" lecture on Saturday and the "Sexology 101" workshop and "Intimate Q&A" on Sunday, though i didn't go to the Sunday night Best Lesbian Erotica (10th edition) reading.

Tristan reminded me of Ms. Fisher, though less pale and skeletal, and her hair's highlighted. (She also reminded me of Tammy Bruce.) She was dressed so conservatively, which was also disconcerting. Dark stiletto pumps, dark slacks, reddish purple lacy velour tank, dark blazer, choker and pendant necklace, hair past shoulder length, oval glasses. Second day she had a pinstriped blouse.

She talked about a variety of stuff early in her first lecture, and i felt cool that i knew what she was talking about (pony play, diapers, adult babies, golden showers -- yay summer crash course) though i was glad that someone asked her to clarify "Bend over Boyfriend" because i wasn't entirely sure i was inferring correctly. (I was. Straight-identified man who enjoys getting fucked up the ass.)

"I think if every man got fucked up the ass at least once before he died, the world would be a better place."

She talked some about pony play, that when you're a pony you're an animal, so even though you know the rules, if you see a carrot you can run and get the carrot, that it's not the same as being a full-out sub, and she can see the appeal of that. And she talked about how it's a lot about training, about the power dynamic involved in that, and is rarely sexual though there's an erotic charge to the whole thing. And she talked about how there are work horses and ponies who just want to prance around with a pretty tail with ribbons. I had visions of really stereotypical hand gesturey kind of gay men only ponies.

Tristan said that sex is not just about erotic satisfaction, which made me happy to hear. Even moreso i was pleased to hear her state that she thinks it's important to be fully present during sex (i.e. no drugs/alcohol) for a variety of reasons -- including the fact that you want to remember your good sexual experiences to masturbate to later :)

"Hi. My name is Carol. I'm a Capricorn. And I like it when you suck my pussy, like this." -an audience member asking for advice about you have these communications with (potential) partners about what you want sexually

Her Sexology 101 really was "The sex ed class you never had but wished you had." Comprehensive, accessible, all that stuff. And it should go without saying that Tristan is wonderfully frank and matter-of-fact about everything.

A lot of it was helpful info to file away for future porn writing.

Sex tip of the weekend:
To turn a glove into a dental dam, cut off all the fingers save the thumb, cut the side where the pinky was, and now you have a dental dam which gives you additional tongue access (the thumb of the glove, which is now in the middle of the dental dam).

She said that the prostate is a lot like the G-spot since they're both located at the base of the urethral sponge.

The penis is often limp during prostate stimulation, though some men can maintain an erection during prostate stimulation (especially with external stimulation of the penis).

With anal penetration, the time it takes to get loosened up decreases with experience, but you can never just go boom (though Minotaur [warning: linked page contains sexually explicit images] claims this isn't always the case).

The Multi-Orgasmic Man Doesn't that sound like a superhero of some kind?

Sex industry workers must get HIV tested every 28 days. That's an industry self-regulation.
Porn people: slightly less than half vote Republican, slightly more than half vote Democrat, and a few vote Independent or whatever.
In mainstream porn, about 80% of men in gay porn are gay, and about 70% of women in lesbian porn are lesbian or bi (the split's about even, whereas in gay male porn only a small percentage are bi).
The incidence of HIV is lower in porn people than in "civilians," though the incidence of STDs is greater.
Queers are better than straights about protection. Swingers (who are predominantly suburban white [upper] middle-class straight people) are the worst.

Swingers use the terms "love-sex" and "sport-sex."

"At least once a week, I fuck someone I don't know for a class."

A tuning fork? Who'da thunk? That looks hot, though so expensive.

"man-eating pussy" (versus vegan pussy -- discussing the factors that effect the smell/taste of pussy)
The pussy is "self-cleaning, like an oven."

Stuff i forgot to mention from Friday:
-Emma and Cat tied Felicia up with duct tape. That was possibly the best part of the day. (Though multiple hours with Cate was pretty hot.)
-Laura came to tea and the first words out of my mouth were "What the fuck did you do to your hair?" because she'd gotten it cut very short. I actually liked it better when she was all femmed up for the mocktail that night, which i don't understand. I'm pretty much fine with it now, though. (I actually wanna get my hair cut pretty short, but in a femmey way. In that copious free time i have, right? And i'm thinking of going bra&camisole shopping as well. Maybe this coming Friday.)
-Music to have sex by was also a topic of conversation during the mocktail.
Tags: church: northampton: first churches, death, fanfic: information, issues: pope [2005], music: concerts, religion: christianity, self: hair: cutting, sex, sex: non-normative, smith: lecture talks, tristan taormino
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