But then Jim spent a good 15 min. just talking in a stream-of-consciousness-way about all the interests he has for current social issues and activism. The audience probably agreed with him on most of the points he brought up, but I for one was really not happy with having him just rant. There really wasn't any point to it, unless you count the one he gave earlier himself, that it's his form of therapy.
|Choir rehearsal at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley|
Sunday the choir sang several times, with Annelinde (Linda) Metzner (above at piano) leading, and Sue Stone accompanying The music was great.
And the message by H. Byron Ballard was on point, with emotions, with clarity, and inspirational.
That's what church should be, in my book.
|Jerry Pope and Byron Ballard clowning around|
I'm feeling really blessed to be part of a congregation which accepts folks just the way they are, with more or less unconditional love.
I shared a bit of how much I feel respected in that group of people, and have the whole 7 years I've been a member. The issue I was speaking about was socio-economic classes. Since I admit to living under the poverty level, I said as much out loud...I "came out" so to speak. It was gratifying to have others introduce themselves to me who also identify the same way. It's time we stop feeling ashamed of not being among the middle class any more.
|Some serious faces for a shakey selfie! Byron and myself.|