Pastoral Update 4.5.17
We’re coming to the on-ramp for Holy Week, so time to get up to speed with what’s ahead:
Pesach Next Week
After this coming Sunday’s Palm-Passion service (details in tomorrow’s Connections), we’ll have a full ‘last supper’ communion service on Maundy Thursday (6:30pm, April 13). This is the Christian version of the ancient Jewish pesach, or Passover Seder meal. I plan to attend a Passover service and meal at the home of old friends in Pasadena, and I look forward to what is probably the best-known line from that ritual: “Why is this night different from all other nights?” It’s a great question for any of our ‘high holy days’ in the church, and one we’ll touch on in our services—but for the “original” answers, check out this site: http://www.jewfaq.org/seder.htm
It’s Not About the Pen
(If you’re as embarrassed about your handwriting as I am, don’t watch this or any of his other videos.)
“If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire.” George Monbiot
Heads-Up: “The Strange Persistence of Guilt”
This brief essay (link below) is packed with interesting comments (if a bit tangled), such was “…We’re still driven by an inextinguishable need to feel morally justified. Our thinking is still vestigially shaped by religious categories. And yet we have no clear framework or set of rituals to guide us in our quest for goodness.” If you have comments after reading this, let me know: I’ll be exploring this as a possible basis for our Roundtable discussion group on Sunday morning(s), as well as maybe in a sermon.
From Ann LaMott “…About 90 percent of my theological life [is] radical self-care. Put your own oxygen mask on first…I do for myself exactly what I would do for you — make a lovely cup of tea, or a hot bath, or go buy myself a fabulous pair of socks. I believe that you take the action, and THEN the insight follows…that I am a wild precious woman, a ‘human merely being’, as e e cummings put it, deserving of respect, tenderness, protection, delight, and solidarity. And that is what Home looks like for me now.”
May you find yourself at Home.
Peace, rev. gary