An Open Letter to Rev. Franklin Graham from a “Small Church” Pastor

Tag this one in the category of things I wish I’d written.
-Karen

Trinity's Portico

Dear Frank

Can I call you Frank? This is just pastor to pastor. Feel free to call me Peter. Anyway, I have to say I was flattered when I learned that your Decision America Tour took a detour off the beaten path to call upon us “small community churches.” We are nothing if not small. We seat 30-40 on a good Sunday. And we are a century old fixture of our small community. Most often we are overlooked and overshadowed by mega-churches and politically influential religious voices like your own. We don’t hold a candle to an auditorium filled with the music of a one hundred voice choir led by professional musicians. We probably will never be recognized in any nationally syndicated media. After all, we don’t do anything really “newsworthy.” We just preach the good news of Jesus Christ; love one another the best we can (which sometimes isn’t…

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So, Which Is It?

She writes what I wish I had written. Read on…

It's Fine.

I’m scared to post this. I’m afraid of alienating people I love, people I interact with on a daily basis, people whose friendships I value. I wouldn’t say this if it hadn’t been weighing heavy, like a 50 pound weight on my tongue every time I open my mouth to say something and stop before it comes out because I don’t want to stir the pot. I don’t want anyone to be mad at me. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. But I can’t, in good conscience, do that anymore.

I live with a certain degree of privilege. Monetary privilege? Not so much. But social privilege? Absolutely. I am part of a demographic that is perceived as the LEAST THREATENING to society. I’m a White Lady. Further, I’m a Southern White Lady. Still further, I’m a Heterosexual, Cis-Gender, Southern White Lady who Happens to be the Married Mother of Two…

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high school flashback

I saw this meme on Facebook and thought I’d share it here.

It’s your SENIOR year of high school! The longer ago it was, the more fun the answers will be.

The year was: 1984
1. Did you know your spouse? No
2. Did you car pool to school? I lived 2 blocks away, so I walked/ran (depending how late I was getting out the door) — usually with a cup of coffee in hand.
3. What kind of car did you have? Mom let the kids drive the old 1973 Chevy Impala wagon.

4. What kind of car do you have now? 2006 Kia Sedona minivan
5. It’s Friday night…where were you? If I wasn’t babysitting for someone, I might be hanging out with people from the church youth group.
6. What kind of job did you have in high school? I had some regular babysitting jobs.
7. What kind of job do you have now?  Church Administrator (after 22 years as a SAHM)
8. Were you a party animal?  No
9. Were you a cheerleader? No
10. Were you considered a jock? No
11. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir? I was in band and choir earlier in high school, but at not at this point.
12. Were you a nerd? No.  I was, however, dressing in grunge style before it was cool.
13. Did you get suspended or expelled?  Nope. Miss Goody-two-shoes here.
14. Can you sing the fight song? I know it from my first high school (older siblings went there and I spent 9th and 10th grades there, too) but I never learned it for my second high school.
15. Who was/were your favorite high school teacher/s? Doc Hansen (English, Creative Writing) and VanKempen (Drama and stage crew)
16. Where did you sit for lunch? Usually in the cafeteria with a few friends. I could go home for lunch but it seemed like a waste of time.
17. What was your school’s full name? Roosevelt High School
18. What was your school mascot? Roughrider (ala Teddy Roosevelt before he became President)
19. If you could go back and do it again, would you? NO.
20. Did you have fun at Prom? Hmmmm… fun? I suppose so. I’m still not really into the events where you dress up and talk to people while loud music is playing. (I have no problem with going to hear a band — I enjoy that — but trying to talk in a crowd? Not so much.)
21. Do you still talk to the person you went to prom with? We’re friends on Facebook but haven’t seen each other in person in many years  It’s nice to see pictures of his family.
22. Are you planning on going to your next reunion? The 30-year reunion was the first one I attended for this school. I’d go to another one if it worked out with my schedule.
23.Did you attend your 25th reunion? No. At the time I was only attending the reunions for my first high school, because I have known some of those people since we were 5 years old.
24. Are you still in contact with people from school? Thanks to Facebook, I am now.
25. What are/were your school’s colors? Green and Gold

Feel free to borrow the questions. Let’s hear your story.

Pictionary answer

Last week I posted this picture and asked for your answers:

DSCN2767 Pictionary, conceited (Gaston)

It was an actual Pictionary game we were playing. H-J’s card instructed him to draw the [green D for Difficult] word CONCEITED.

First he drew Beauty & the Beast (on the left, obviously) and then he added Gaston and his sidekick. Gaston is holding the gun to hunt down the Beast and as we know from the Disney film, Gaston is incredibly conceited.

None of us guessed it but it was obvious when he explained it to us after the timer buzzed. 🙂
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Congratulations to Meredith! She is the WINNER of the book drawing.

updated

Sometimes it is the every-day things that get overlooked.

I have been updating the other three oft-neglected pages — About, Cast of Characters, I ♥ Books — and the links can be found up there on the right-hand side of this page, above the button for Derfwad Manor and below the banner photo. While there isn’t much to say about the first two, the latter page is a work in progress and I welcome your comments and book suggestions.

War and horror, knowledge and hope

I sat down at the computer tonight to work on a light, fluffy, pleasant post for the January photo challenge. Instead, I was distracted by this article about women, rape, and war.

Like people everywhere, war and horror caught my attention. While I had missed out on the PBS series “Women, War & Peace(luckily, it looks like I can watch it online and/or get a podcast of it), I am putting the film, “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” on my [very short] list of movies to pay good money to see in a theater. I won’t be going out to see the movie as a fun experience, although I will probably see it with a friend. I’m going to see it because as human beings, we need to know what is happening to other people in our world. We need to know so we can do things to help victims, to spread awareness, to stop the madness.

As this article by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon clearly states,

“In the Land of Blood and Honey” focuses on two characters, one a young woman sent to a “rape camp” in Bosnia. Viewers might want to think this did not happen or could not happen, but of course the film’s relentlessly painful point is that it did, less than an hour’s flight from Vienna.

The article goes on to point out that this sort of thing is still happening in other parts of the world today.  That 5-letter word at the end of the sentence should all make us take notice.

The author of the article  knows what she is talking about.  Gayle Tzemach Lemmon  has written a book that is now on my list of must-readsThe Dressmaker of Khair Khana Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe.  Upon reading the description of this book, the words Afghanistan, real-life story and hope caught my attention.

No light, fluffy post about little things in my life tonight… not when I have read such stirring accounts of what is happening in other parts of the world.