I am really upset that Maine did not reject Question 1 and allow marriage for all couples, GLBT or straight. I've shed a few tears this morning in anger and frustration. I've looked up the voting statistics in the various counties and I do believe what people have told me is basically true. There are two Maines. The only two big(ish) cities, Portland and Bangor voted No, while rural Mainers tended to vote Yes. Although the town I live in voted NO, the county did not, although the county vote was nearly 50/50. In addition, the Roman Catholic church still has considerable influence in spite of progressive groups that don't hesitate to question their authority. I am truly sorry for all gay and lesbian Mainers who wanted the choice of marriage for themselves and their families. I am truly sorry that an opportunity was lost to show the rest of the country what "justice for all" really means.
When I was ordained in 2000, my son joked "my mother is a father." So the name. I worked as a scientist for over 30 years, first in Boston, then LA, San Francisco area, Denver, D.C, Vienna and back to San Fran. Good training for an interim who has served in Eastern Michigan, Wyoming, California and now Maine.
Isabelle, the little white dog, better known as Izzie has her own blog now.
Rob Voyle has been instrumental in my work as an interim. I highly recommend Appreciative Inquiry as a way of looking at life in a parish, or for life in general.
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Science and Religion
"Yet its [science] enthralling account is not sufficient by itself to quench our thirst for understanding, for science describes only one dimension of the many-layered reality within which we live, restricting itself to the impersonal and general, and bracketing out the personal and unique." In the preface to "Exploring Reality: The Intertwining of Science and Religion" by John Polkinghorne
Icon of Our Lady of Vladimir
wrote this icon under the direction of Alekandr Kharon. It sits in the Lady Chapel of All Saints, San Francisco
New things happen in regimes that we have learned to identify as being 'at the edge of chaos.' Too far on the orderly side of that frontier and things are too rigid for there to be more than a shuffling rearrangement of already existing entities. Too far on the disorderly side and things are too haphazard for any novelties to persist.
John Polkinghorne, Exploring Reality: The Intertwining of Science and Religion.
wrote this also under the direction of Aleksandr Kharon. Given to Bp. William Swing, California at his last visit to All Saints'