Merci, Bejart

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I was saddened to hear of the death of postmodern choreographer Maurice Bejart. Though I was by no means an authority on his life and work, I was drawn to his creative sense of movement, and found is eclectic sense of dance visually stimulating, as well as highly unique. I loved the way he used dancer’s arms, which are one of the most important aspect of dance. For those who do not know Bejart’s work, I have included a clip of his from a famous work for the stage, Bolero.

Merci Bejart et merde.

Wal-Mart and Equality?

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Pride of Iwo JimaIt appears the radical right-wing, self proclaimed moderator of all the is well and good, the “American Family Association”, is battling the call for enlightened people to boycott Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club for its refusal to offer same-sex benefits for its employees.

According to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), people are being asked to shop elsewhere this Holiday Season, and suggested people go to Target or Costco Stores instead. They hope that when profits take a hit, they will be able to put 2 + 2 together, and suddenly realize that by offering same sex benefits, they might change their policies. Read More »

Faith as Trust

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Sermon Preached at St. George’s Episcopal Church, La Canada Flintridge, CA

Anthony Keller

November 18, 2007
Proper 28
Psalm 98
2 Thessalonians 3:16-13
Luke 21:5-19

Pastor Amy, in last week’s sermon, spoke, most eloquently, of the differences between resuscitation and resurrection, exploring the attitudes of then and now. Today, we’ll continue in this vein, but approach this from a different angle.

In our passage from Luke, after hearing of wars, and earthquakes with famines and plagues, one might think the reading for today might be about the end of times. After all, Jesus, often used, what theologian Huston Smith calls, “grand language,” but I think if we take the advice of the appointed collect for the day to accept that scripture was written for us to hear, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest….this “grand language” might take us to a different place.

In order to breakdown this passage, I think we need to make some comparisons. Luke, after all, wrote his gospel and the second volume of Acts after the destruction of the temple when the memory of this holy place was still vivid. How about we use this concept of a vivid memory and see where it takes us. Read More »

The Kingdom: 4 Years Later

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Consecration Picture, 2003To most of the world, the fact that a group of Episcopal Bishops laid hands on the top of a head of a priest in New Hampshire means almost nothing. Even today, four years later, the majority of the world would say “Who is V. Gene Robinson?” But, as with most prophetic actions, the ramifications take decades to inwardly digest, and make their way into the framework of everyday lives. You see, Fr. Robinson, a beloved priest in the diocese, was elected by the laity and clergy, to become their spiritual pastor, administrator, and Bishop. To most, it would be yet another, ho-hum, who cares. This would not be news worthy, but you see, there’s another part of the story. Bishop Robinson is a divorced man, who came out of the closet, and is openly Gay. Read More »

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