Archive for May 26, 2008

If you have five minutes during your barbecues and lakeside retreats, spend them watching this video. Very few times, words aren’t necessary to convey a point or stir up an emotion. This is one of those times.

Loreena McKennitt’s haunting lyrics and mesmerizing voice in “Dante’s Prayer” are completely fitting for a Memorial Day tribute.

“Please remember me,” she says throughout the song reminding us while we are having fun and festivities, there are brave men and women, sons and daughters, husbands and wives that have (or are currently) placing a hold on life, so we can enjoy ours.

Every one of them that are still fighting would rather be with any of us enjoying the smells, sights and sounds of this free land. For others that are no longer here with us, it’s their sacrifice that allowed us to have this joy and gives us five small minutes of our day to appreciate this riveting video.

For them. For their valor. In memoriam.

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As previously mentioned, Soulforce is making the rounds to select megachurches of the land for gay rights inclusion and acceptance in churches.

Yesterday, their trek stopped by Bishop T.D. Jakes’ church, The Potter’s House of Dallas.

According to this story from The Dallas Morning News, a 30-person contingent, consisting in part of gay couples with children, attended the 11 a.m. service at the Potter’s House, a 30,000-member congregation. After which, a meeting was set up with elders from the church and leaders of Soulforce.

Although nothing was solidified and no annunciations were made, one important thing came out of this meeting for Jay Bakker’s traveling gang of misfits – a learning curve.

THIS is how you get things done in ecumenical circles. Meeting on their turf, complying to their setting. Secure location, private conversation, hearty deliberation. With church security and instant media, the bum-rush method has never proved successful. Just try to have another ‘evening with Joel’ after that. (OK, the giggles continue. Sorry.)

[Spokespersons of both the church and the group] said the visitors and church staff found common ground on such issues as the importance of HIV testing, something Bishop Jakes has promoted as part of an extensive outreach ministry.

See there? Back to the original story, once you decipher what “tolerance” really means, common ground can be found. Now, if we can only get preachers of all denominations to intelligently discuss glossolalia, progress could really be made. Ah, good times.