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A few updates.... - Blather. Rants. Repeat.
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A few updates....
from the past few days.

There was no Church Council meeting tonight, and thus no progress on my effort to drag a sanctuary of Methodists into the 21st century, kicking and screaming. I met with our minister this afternoon over a few different things, and this was one of them. It's fairly common for this congregation's activities to slow to a crawl in the summertime, and there weren't enough of the Usual Gang who were likely to show, so it was put off to some unspecified, hopefully August date. They are aware of my concern- that this ministry of inclusiveness, instead of risking the nasty publicity of rejection, is rather being subjected to a slow death by attrition.

They underestimate me, these stupid attrits;)


I also learned, finally, the fate of the Binghamton minister who was facing the Inquisition for daring to solemnize his own son's perfectly legal-in-New-York same-sex wedding, which was actually announced three months ago to the day:

He retired.

"I decided to retire. There's no smoking gun, there's nobody that's upset or angry inside our church or outside, the bishop didn't tell me to retire. He actually can't do that. But there comes a point in your life when you need to do something else and I'm fortunate enough to do that," said Pastor Stephen Heiss of the Tabernacle United Methodist Church.

It's been almost ten months since Pastor Stephen Heiss wrote a letter to the Bishop Mark Webb admitting to performing several same-sex marriages. Heiss was told he would face a church trial and could possibly lose his job. But since then, Heiss says there's no been no word on the trial.

"I think possibly the reason might be because we live in New York State and our church is fairly liberal-minded and progressive on the issue, and it might not be the best thing for our church or the best thing for our bishop to have a trial," Heiss said.

Maybe not. Yet there remains a need for closure on this issue, which someone is going to have to force, either by doing the deed again and risking the wrath, or by beginning a mobilization of a movement, sooner than 2016 (the next window for it to be changed denominationally), to change either the offensive words in our doctrine or at least adopt a bottom-up form of democracy that would allow congregations or even conferences (as some bishops already have done) to opt for the way THEY believe the Gospel really reads.

Stay tuned on at least the very local end of things.


We solved one mystery yesterday: for a few weeks, we were getting robocalls from Mercedes Benz Financial about Iggy's lease coming to an end in the next 90 days, and giving us an 800 number to call to begin the process of preparing for it.  It came as a surprise, since we've had him for just over 13 months of a 36-month lease.  We called and emailed our salesperson, who thought at first it was just a one-digit error in a lease number or VIN.  Yesterday, though, we got the scoop: amazingly, someone who previously had our current landline phone number (it's been ours for more than a decade) also had a Mercedes product on lease, and Herr Roboto was trying to reach them, not us.

Just as well. Because if they'd come for him a day before his lease-end, they'd have needed to pry his charging cord out of our cold dead electrical outlet.


Finally, news from the land of Masterpiece Mystery:  in reading some plot summaries of the final Endeavour episode of Series 2, there were references to some things that happened between him and his neighbour/girlfriend of the previous several shows. Things we didn't remember a thing about: including him[Spoiler (click to open)]shopping for what looked to be an engagement ring for her. Turns out PBS has been snipping the scripts to meet their 90-minute runtime. I'm glad I found this out before ordering the DVDs, since now I know to give ITV the business.

Of nicer note, we received and watched the Netflix DVD of Becoming Julia, a 2004 film starring Annette Bening as an English actress and Young Morse portrayer Shaun Evans as an American who falls madly in love with her before she returns the favour. Good performances all around, including Michael Gambon as a very funny ghost from her past, and a revenge scene toward the end which might have been one of the best and funniest we've ever seen.


No other loose ends I can think of. We're both up and out of here early tomorrow, so toodleses to all:)
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oxymoron67 From: oxymoron67 Date: July 30th, 2014 03:03 am (UTC) (Link)
I just want to say thank you for fighting the good fight with your church council.

It's easy to focus on the bad, sometimes, (and I've been doing that a lot lately) so seeing someone stand up really touches my heart.

Thanks again.
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