Life goes on
I went to Temple United Methodist Church (pastor Schuyler Rhodes) to hear my Friend Heidi speak about her two and a half years working in a HIV/AIDS ministry in Pretoria, South Africa. (the city is now called Tshwane) Heidi was sponsored by Temple U.M.C. as one of their "missionaries," but she is a member of my Meeting, and support for her work came from both groups. She has built bridges between Quakers and Methodists in San Francisco and South Africa. She has also built bridges between some of the estimated 30% of South Africans who are INfected with HIV/AIDS and the other 70% who are AFfected by HIV/AIDS. Amazing stories. My favorite line: This life is not a dress rehearsal. Also, Heidi does a better job of using blatantly religious language than anyone else I know.
All day Saturday:
I went to College Park Quarterly Meeting at Berkeley's Vine Street Meetinghouse. (Clerk: Laura Magnani) Theme: Risk Taking in a Time of Peacemaking. My job: Clerk of Children's Program Committee. Lots more to write about the day... A good time was had by all.
This morning (Sunday):
I went to Berkeley Friends Church (Pastor: Max Hanson) with the teens from the College Park Quarterly Meeting. My first programmed meeting! Except that the program included over 30 minutes of open worship, so it wasn't that different. First observation: there were as many teens as anybody else attending, about 20 of each group.
I'm going for the first time to a potluck dinner at the home of Mark Scandrette of ReImagine, an emergent church work in San Francisco. That's it. You know as much about it as I do. I'm not even sure if the potluck dish has to be vegetarian or not. But I am really looking forward to it.
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