Sunday, June 18, 2006

One More for the Goddess

Today the Episcopal Church in America chose Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori as its first woman leader. Her election came 30 years after the Church approved the ordination of women to the priesthood. This is world-historic, unprecedented in the Anglican church and likely to blow a fuse in a faith already divided over the ordination of an openly gay bishop.

Most other Anglican communities, including the Church of England, do not allow women bishops. Three years ago, a majority of U.S. bishops backed the consecration of Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, the first openly gay bishop in more than 450 years of Anglican history. When and where Bishops Robinson and Schori have entered history, millions will follow, pouring in from the margins---the backrooms, basements, attics, closets and shadows.
Happy Father's Day---let freedom ring!

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Dear Big Mean Fat America,
Like any other alcoholic, cross-addicted, my drug of choice is MORE--more food, more booze, more drugs, more power, more money, more sex, more shoes, more eye shadow, more parties, more fame, more music and it goes on and on as long as that empty gnawing inside is allowed free reign. Gambling is the only addictive obsession I don't have and that's cause I never win. It's almost ten years since my last drink (thank you God) and it's taken me that long to understand what's meant in the Lord's Prayer "Give us this day our daily bread."

It means moderation, taking what is needed--not more, and also not less. Self denial, self-abasement, self-loathing are as "sinful" as gluttony, greed, pride and arrogance--(if we define sin as separation from self and the Divine). As part of a ten year jubilee I decided to purge. Cleared out closets, book shelves, kitchen, work station, body and psyche, let go of surplus, opening more space for light to enter. There's a seamless link between all our big fat SUV's, huge platters of greasy fries, corporate take-overs, body fascism, Iraqi war crimes and global warming. Why not just take what we need from the stream of life, throw back the rest and see what happens?