On the subject of Amendment One, proposed for inclusion in our state’s Constitution, a pastoral letter signed by all three Episcopal bishops in North Carolina concludes with these passages:
Whether we agree or disagree with same sex marriage, civil unions or unmarried couples cohabiting, we can agree as people of faith that, as the book of Genesis says, all human beings are “created in the image of God.” That means that all persons are to be treated with the love, respect and dignity that befit a child of God. Therefore we do not believe that the Bible or the Constitutions of our state and nation should be used to oppress, harm or restrict the human rights and dignity of any human being. On the contrary, Jesus has taught us that the greatest and most important of all the commandments of God are to love God and to love our neighbor.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your mind and all your strength.” This is the greatest and first commandment. And the second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.“ On these two laws hang all the law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:37-40)
Amendment One falls dangerously short of that standard.
Your Brothers in Christ,
Michael B. Curry
Clifton Daniel III
G. Porter Taylor
We had a great Christmas this year. We hope you did too.
Alice and I went to California last week to visit our grandson on his first birthday. We had a great time out there and did some fun things.
Unfortunately we did get back a day late due to the storms in the midwest. We had Continental Airlines and all of their flights go through Houston which was experiencing extreme delays on Tuesday. Our flight was delayed until well after all connecting flights had left Houston. And then they could not get us on another plane until Thursday.
Fortunately, I figured early that Continental would be jammed for a couple days and early on Tuesday I got us seats on a SouthWest flight on Wednesday. We stayed overnight in a hotel near the airport and finally got home around 6PM Wed.
The ironic thing is that when we got to California on the flight out, I mentioned to Alice that everything had been too smooth and that we had arrived ahead of schedule and that the balance of travel karma was such that we would probably have a bad trip home. Damn I am going to have to stop doing that!
I finally got my mom back on Linux and she is loving it. Read the full story.
Alice’s birthday was yesterday and I planned a very special surprise party for her. We went to Angus Barn for dinner and (by previous planning) were told that our table was not ready and were asked if we would like a tour of their famous wine cellar. Of course I said yes.
When we got down to the Wine Cellar dining room, all of her sisters, my mother, and some friends of ours from church were there to yell “surprise!” The whole thing was a total surprise and she was shocked to see her family and everyone else there. It is unusual to be able to get here sisters all together in one place as they are scattered over the Eastern U.S.
We all had a great evening. Of course the food was incredible as it always is at Angus Barn.