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I just agreed to do something incredibly awesome with my new boss that is going to eat up a bunch of my time between now and November 1st. It does mean that my name will be a footnote in a pretty significant coming event, at least within my denomination.

Equal parts squee and terror will now ensue.

I also pretty much forced my boss to come and eat soup with me because I do not know how to make veggie soup for less than like ten people now. And she hadn't had a chance to breathe let alone eat for most of the day.
mari4212: Mr. Tumnus inviting Lucy to tea (mr. tumnus)
I get back home and my lj posts fall away to practically nothing. Ah well.

I was asked to give a sermon about my experiences in the Philippines. It went over well today, and I'm spamming my corners of the internet with it. This is the politely summed up version of the past year.

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A close friend of mine, [personal profile] reenchantress, has been blogging about gay issues and life growing up and not being straight. She's heard me give "The Rant", my name for the discussion of why we can't say that the Christian Bible explicitly condemns homosexuality, several times, and asked me if I'd be willing to type it up as a guest blog for her. This is a shortened form of the vocal rant, I've been timed at over forty-five minutes once delivering the full rant.

cut for discussions of religion, and mentions of rape in some of the biblical passages )
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Context is this post: http://community.livejournal.com/racism_101/15609.html

Okay, so this is a religious question aimed more at the non-Christian religious members of my flist, which is actually a fair chunk of you.

A recent post in [livejournal.com profile] racism_101 is talking about symbols of other cultures and other religions, and where the line is between appreciation and appropriation. One of the other commentors mentioned to me how she minds non-Jews wearing certain Jewish religious symbols, because it strikes her as appropriating the religion.

And the discussion reminded me of something in my church that I've always loved the symbology of, but am now questioning a bit. My church has what we call the Great Window in our sanctuary, it was put in when we remodeled in the 60s. The window is primarily divided into two thematic sections: the city of man below and the city of God set in a circle above.

The city of man section has symbols throughout of various aspects of the city of Dayton and various members of the church at the time. That's something I've always enjoyed, but it's not what's concerning me now.

The city of God section is, however. When the window was made, a conscious choice was made to include symbols of many world religions, not just Christianity. So, for example, we have the Magen David, we have a lotus flower for Buddhism, there's a Yin Yang symbol, the window has the word Islam written out, rather than use an image which might be problematic for Muslims. There might be a few other symbols that I'm not recalling right now/don't have the knowledge to know to which religion they would apply. I've always loved the implicit theology behind the Great Window, the idea that Christians do not own God, and neither do we have the only valid approach to the Divine.

Now, I'm just wondering whether we tripped up in assuming that had the right to use symbols from other religions, even while we were trying to voice our understanding of them as being valid and living religious traditions.

I'm not looking for assurances here, but I would appreciate other perspectives on the matter. I didn't want to hijack the other thread where this came up, and I know I've got a lot of very thoughtful flist members who could perhaps give insight.

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