The Death of a Congregation

 When I first moved to Oakland in 1980, I had no plans on attending church services at an Episcopal Church anymore. I had been raised in the Episcopal Church and felt it was time to try something new. I had seriously thought about joining the Quakers, as I had attended a Quaker school as a child, and I think that they are part of the reason that I have turned out the way that I am.


I was shocked, confused, bewildered
As I entered Heaven’s door,
Not by the beauty of it all,
Nor the lights or its decor.
But it was the folks in Heaven
Who made me sputter and gasp–
The thieves, the liars, the sinners,
The alcoholics and the trash.
There stood the kid from seventh grade
Who swiped my lunch money twice.
Next to him was my old neighbor
Who never said anything nice.
Herb, who I always thought

Transitional President

 People have been asking me who I will vote for as President this Tuesday. Most people think that I will be voting for Obama because he is Black, like myself. Yes I am going to vote for him, but that isn't the reason. At the moment what I think that this country needs is a Transitional President. Personally, I don't see him being elected again. I do have a small fear that someone will kill him, and I strongly pray that this doesn't happen, but I could see it happening. 

Where I have been

 You may have been wondering why I haven't posted anything even though some interesting stuff has been going on in the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion. I was going to post about the recent diocesan convention in this diocese, and my experience with our Asst. Bishop Steven Charleston, along with some other stuff, but I've been a little busy. 

ASL Episcopal Congregations?

 I connected with a cousin of mine on Facebook. even though I don't think about it, he happens to be deaf. He wasn't born that way, it happened with a illness that he had as a child. While looking through his profile, I noticed that he is a member of the Oakland Deaf Church. I know very little about his church, but after looking at there website a question came to mind about the Episcopal and Anglican church. Are there any Episcopal/Anglican deaf congregations?

Why should I Support Prop 8?

 Here in California we have a proposition on our ballet that states that we will only recognize marriage as being between a male and a female. Now I have no problem against marriage between two people of the same sex, and actually think that we "straight" folks could learn from them as I think that their divorce rate will be lower.

A Ministry to Support

In the congregation that I am in, one of the ministry programs that some of the people are involved in is Kairos. Of what I have been told, Kairos is a wonderful program that is done in prisons throughout the world. We in the congregation are asked to write letters of support to the prisoners whenever our members are going to be part of a team. We have heard some wonderful stories about the program.