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Sunday, April 1, 2012
St. Laika's Church Welcomes You
Say fellas, want to tell you about something that I like a lot, and that is the online Holy Communion podcasts done by a fellow blogger called MadPriest - aka the Reverend Jonathan Haggar, who lives in Yorkshire, England, and is a (currently unemployed) priest in the Church of England.
For my truckbuddies who are believers but who, like me, cannot get to church for one reason or another, Jonathan's podcasts are the next best thing - they follow the Book of Common Prayer, but with Jonathan's delightfully quirky musical choices: everything from cathedral choirs to rock and roll, black gospel and white gospel, old familiar hymns and newly written pieces. Yet despite the eclectic mix of service music, it's all reverent and fitting, and surprisingly relevant to each week's readings, though you'd never hear the same stuff in church.
I think Jonathan's onto something good here. Go check it out, if you need some spiritual nourishment, I think you'll like it. I've posted the link in my Help & Support section in the sidebar, but here it is again: The St. Laika Podcasts.
Everyone is welcome at St. Laika's, believers or not; you don't have to give your name or sign up for anything, and there are no membership requirements, only your interest in what's posted there. And if you do enjoy the service, which is available in three different audio formats, do consider leaving something in the virtual collection plate - although Jonathan says, "nothing at all is okay with me. I'd rather you listened than didn't listen because you are unable or unwilling to donate anything."
CAUTION: For mature audiences only beyond this point. Some posts and links may not be suitable for children or the unco guid. You have been warned.
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Churches say that the expression of love in a heterosexual monogamous relationship includes the physical, the touching, embracing, kissing, the genital act - the totality of our love makes each of us grow to become increasingly godlike and compassionate. If this is so for the heterosexual, what earthly reason have we to say that it is not the case with the homosexual?
It is a perversion if you say to me that a person chooses to be homosexual. You must be crazy to choose a way of life that exposes you to a kind of hatred. It's like saying you choose to be black in a race-infected society.
If God, as they say, is homophobic, I wouldn't worship that God.
"I think that it is no secret that I am a fierce advocate for equality for gay and lesbian Americans. It is something that I have been consistent on, and I intend to continue to be consistent on during my presidency."--Barack Obama, 12/18/08