Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Hopefully I will feel better by tonight (I have been invited to dinner at the home of friends) and also by tomorrow night (for the Advent Liturgy of Lessons and Carols at my church).
Say a prayer for me!
Friday, November 28, 2008
Well when I went to bed last night I felt a cold coming on and right now it feels worse. I will probably call in sick. So it seems Michael Fullam will spend the day after Thanksgiving in bed - alone.
But hey folks, it could be worse.
Happy day after to all of you. Hope none of you are feeling yucky!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I stand by my earlier posts. Lance Bass is a champ!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Saint Paul speaks of love more than once. In his letter to the Galatians, he says ‘The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your neighbor as yourself."’ In his first letter to the Corinthians he says ‘Love never fails.’
Throughout Scripture we hear of the importance of love. Jesus tells us to love one another. How can any church then preach hate? How can any church exclude people? Yes I am talking again about lgbt people, but it really doesn’t matter what the group is. Hate is not an appropriate of a Christian life.
In Saint Paul's words again, it is the "love of Christ" that "urges us on."
Sunday, November 23, 2008
In fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a human being; for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, after he has destroyed every ruler and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For "God has put all things in subjection under his feet." But when it says, "All things are put in subjection," it is plain that this does not include the one who put all things in subjection under him. When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to the one who put all things in subjection under him, so that God may be all in all.
As I read this over I thought about how we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King on the last Sunday of the liturgical year, which happens to be today. (The Catholic calendar of pre-Vatican II had this feast on the last Sunday of October, but that’s another matter altogether).
As I mentioned this past week, my bishop will be at my church today and then tonight I will be at another parish with their bishop celebrating their Patronal Feast which is Christ the King.
To God be thanks and glory!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
And speaking of Thanksgiving, here are a few cool Thanksgiving facts:
Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States and on the second Monday in October in Canada.
President George Washington issued the first national Thanksgiving Day Proclamation in the year 1789 and again in 1795.
The state of New York officially made Thanksgiving Day an annual custom in 1817.
The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition began in the 1920's.
Congress passed an official proclamation in 1941 and declared that now onwards Thanksgiving will be observed as a legal holiday on the fourth Thursday of November every year.
Californians are the largest consumers of turkey in the United States.
There are regional differences as to the "stuffing" (or "dressing") traditionally served with the turkey. Southerners generally make theirs from cornbread, while in other parts of the country white bread is the base. One or several of the following may be added: oysters, apples, chestnuts, raisins, celery and/or other vegetables, sausage or the turkey's giblets.
Yes I realize it is still a few days off, but it's my favorite holiday!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Vote of course for LANCE BASS! (I keep hearing people say he is a dancer and should not be eligible. He is actually a singer).
Tomorrow at my church we will have a dance class - well sort of. Actually we are being trained in posture and the proper way to sit stand and walk. All of this leading up to Sunday's visit by our bishop. (Not the bishop I spoke of earlier in the week - this week I will be seeing two bishops at two different churches on the same day, but that's another post entirely).
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Ingredients: (serves 4-6)
4 tablespoons butter
1 onion chopped
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup carrots, peeled and chopped
1 cup potatoes, peeled and chopped
2 cups butternut squash, peeled and cubed
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons fresh oregano
¾ - 1 quart chicken stock
1 tablespoon salt
½ tablespoon black pepper
Melt butter in a large pot. Add all vegetables and allow to sauté. Stir to make sure all ingredients are sautéing evenly. After a few minutes, add chicken stock so that it barely covers vegetables. Season with oregano. Allow this to cook until vegetables start to breakdown when being stirred. Use a hand blender or a counter top blender to puree the ingredients until a nice, smooth consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and crusty bread for a satisfying and very civil soup.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
They are an Independent and Inclusive Church that worships in adapted forms and contemporary expressions of the Celtic Traditions. Their liturgy is framed by the forms found in the Book of Common Prayer, The Iona Abbey Worship Book and the Celtic primer by Brendan O'Malley. They have combined these as well as other resources and now have their own Manual of Worship. They strive to use inclusive language in all their liturgies. They are not affiliated in any way with the ECUSA or the World-wide Anglican Communion, but rather are part of a movement often referred to as the Independent Sacramental Movement. They are warm and friendly and I have always been moved by their liturgies, their welcoming community, and the love they have shown to me and all who enter their doors. They meet for their services at Saint Francis Lutheran Church, 152 Church Street (across from the Market St. Safeway) in San Francisco.
I have been friends with Bishop Rusty Clyma and Archdeacon, George McCauslan for a number of years and could have written this just about any time, but this coming Sunday is an extra special day for them and so I decided that I really should say something now. Of course you are always welcome there and I know they would be happy to tell you more about their community of faith too.
Sunday, November 23rd, Saint Savior's Day (Christ the King Sunday) is their Patronal Feast and the sixth anniversary of Saint Savior's Parish. There will be a Festal Eucharist beginning at 5:30pm at Saint Francis Lutheran Church (where Saint Savior regularly meets) - 152 Church Street, San Francisco. I do hope you can come!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
There were two great dances from him (even the judges agreed). In their second outing, Lance and Lacey, attired in sailor costumes, danced a faster, more gymnastic jitterbug. Early in the dance, Lacey’s shoe came off, and then Lance ditched a shoe as well. It was an excellent improvisation, one that showed true comfort on the stage. Bruno said it was brilliant and reminiscent of “On the Town.” Carrie Ann agreed and said that “magic happened on the dance floor.” Len said Lance had danced two fabulous dances. Score: 29 out of a possible 30. (For the night it was 57/60).
They are clearly ahead in the judges voting, but it comes down to what the viewers think too. Will America vote for an openly gay celeb? (That's one thing that has been in the back of my mind all season). Tonight will be revealed who makes it to the finals and then next week it happens - a new champion is crowned. Check it out!
Monday, November 17, 2008
A few nights ago I had words with someone at my church. It was not pleasant. He told me to “Get out!” I was stunned. Did I have it coming though? Was I acting inappropriately? I keep replaying the evening over and over in my mind. This morning, to help me understand it and other fighting we sometimes do at church, I turned to someone who always helps me in these matters: Blessed Paul the Apostle. I his first letter to the Corinthians, chapter thirteen, he helped me open my eyes. If you are not familiar with it, Saint Paul tells his audience that they may have all the gifts of the Holy Spirit, but unless they first have love, these gifts mean nothing.
In John 13:35, Jesus instructed: "By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love for each other." There it is again - love. I have written here about that so many times. It keeps coming back to the same thing though. Love. Love for our God we all agree is necessary, but love for each other is important too! When we truly love each other we tend to not fight? Perhaps. At least if we disagree, we do it in a kindly way.
It is sad when Christians don't get along. I see this way too often. I have written this as though I am speaking of others. The truth is that I am more guilty of this than many. I have been unnecessarily critical of the priest's sermon or the choir's music or even the manner of decoration or content of the service sheet in church. Am I doing this out of love? Am I being petty? Would I not feel better if I made my comments with love always being formost in my thoughts?
What do you think?
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Praise the Lord!
I also want to update you on the displaced OHC brothers: Mount Calvary Retreat House was completely destroyed in the fire last week. All programs there have been temporarily suspended. The brothers have been welcomed to stay in residence with the Sisters of the Holy Nativity at Saint Mary's Retreat House in Santa Barbara. All of he brothers are safe and unharmed and can be reached at Saint Mary's, 505 E Los Olivos Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 (805) 682-4117
Saturday, November 15, 2008
The Order of the Holy Cross, which runs Mount Calvary, had a priory up here in Berkeley until earlier this year. Many of the brothers moved to Mount Calvary when the priory closed.
Please pray for the Order of the Holy Cross, especially for Brother Roberts their Superior and for Brother Tom, former chaplain to clergy of the Diocese of California and a friend to many in my parish.
Friday, November 14, 2008
I'm not nuts about being a second class citizen. I don't think anyone sould be treated that way. Equal rights is not just an lgbt issue. Women are still discriminated against. So are blacks. In some places there is racial discrimination against other groups. Why? Why does this have to happen? I have talked here about love and respect, and I really believe in that, not just as a Christian, although that is part of it, but also as a fair-minded person. We all deserve to be treated with fairness and dignity. Why is this such a difficult concept for some?
Please don't make me or anyone else continue to be a second class citizen.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Paul had sent me an email not only with this picture but with about a dozen others and some wonderful lines about dogs. Makes me wish I had a puppy myself.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I just thought about how odd it is to be leaving personal messages every single day here in cyberspace. I'm not alone either - there are probably thousands of bloggers. Why do we write? Why do you read?
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
November 11th was declared Armistice Day back in 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson to honor the soldiers who fought in World War I. The name was changed to Veterans Day on June 1, 1954 to honor all those who served. It is all of our country's military that we honor today, including those in active duty. It is NOT a celebration of war. It is recognition of men and women who bravely served our country (sometimes being in harm's way, but not always) over the years.
Take a moment and be thankful for those who give so generously.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Anyway, more than a third of California's lawmakers are adding their voices to the chorus calling on the state's highest court to overturn the prohibition on same-sex marriage. Forty-four members of the California Legislature will file a friend-of-the-court brief today in support of a lawsuit seeking to invalidate Proposition 8 on the grounds that voters did not have the authority to make such a dramatic change in state law. The brief argues that the gay marriage ban improperly usurped the state Supreme Court's duty to protect minority groups from discrimination. (Proposition 8 of course overturned the court's May decision that legalized same-sex marriage).
There is much more legal action too. I won't mention it all here, but there is a lot. The thing I really would like to see is education - REAL education. Let's show everyone the true facts. Let's put everyone's fears to rest. I'll say it again. Love is the answer!
Sunday, November 09, 2008
I'm wondering why we don't seem to be finding love in our churches too. OK, not all of them. There are some great churches, full of love. Back in the 80s, at the height of the AIDS epidemic, the Dean of Grace Cathedral here in San Francisco was asked whether they tolerated gay people at Grace Cathedral. The dean gave a strong “No!” for an answer, and then went on to say “We don’t tolerate gay people. Gay people are us! We are all together here, friends and colleagues – straight and gay.” Go to Grace sometime - you can feel the love. You can feel it too at the Episcopal Church of Saint John the Evengelist. Actually there slogan is "More Love." I'm thinking though that since God's love is unconditional, we should also find unconditional love in His churches!
Prop 8 is about love. It's not about sex or about special considerations or extra rights. At the heart of it, is just love, and the right to express it. Why should that be so difficult? How come some people get to vote on whether or not I can get married?
I really wish we could all just find love - real unconditional love, and then help to spread it around!
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Other things? What else does Michael Fullam have on his mind? A lot. My money problems are eating me alive, but I am trying to get past that. I know the economy is bad for everyone.
There are happy things. The weekend is here! The weather isn't too bad. God loves me. My mom loves me. I am healthy. (Hey! These are in no particular order).
I just realized how many blog entries I have made. Am I the only one who actually puts something down every single day?
Friday, November 07, 2008
We need equality NOW! We shall overcome . . . someday!
Thursday, November 06, 2008
We lost this battle, but the news is not all bad. There were about five million ballots cast opposing Proposition 8. There are a lot of folks on our side!
Kate Kendall, Executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights spoke. So did State Senator Carole Migden and Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin. There were other elected officials and lots of grassroots lgbt activists. I bumped into some friends from church and I saw many familiar faces. Even though in the midst of those I had never met, I felt loved. I felt like I was with family. It felt good.
At the candlelight vigil we also learned that The American Civil Liberties Union, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, and NCLR had filed a writ petition with the State Supreme Court urging the court to invalidate Prop 8. There was a petition campaign (I have already signed and told many friends). Celebrity attorney Gloria Allred (representing Robin Tyler and Diane Olson) is filing a lawsuit with the state Supreme Court and would contain "a new and controversial legal argument as to why Prop 8 is unconstitutional." Also, City Attorney Dennis Herrera has joined Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo and Santa Clara County Counsel Anne Ravel in filing a petition for a writ of mandate with the California Supreme Court to invalidate Prop 8. The legal battle goes on.
When shall we overcome? Someday . . .
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
As I write this it is very early on Wednesday, the day after American voted, and many races are still too close to call. You can see some results HERE and also HERE if you are interested in up to the minute returns. The thing that really bugs be right now is that farm animals now have more rights than I do with the passing of the Farm Animal's Rights Proposition (2) and the passing of Prop 8 banning Gay Marriage. (Some are still saying it's too close to call, but it is ahead and has been most of the night). Once again my faithful readers, I am legally considered a second class citizen.
Oh and in Massachusetts (the first state to allow gay marriage), which Independent Ralph Nader said was his best state, he won just 0.9 percent of the vote to Democrat Barack Obama's 61.6 percent and Republican John McCain's 36.7 percent. Libertarian Bob Barr won just 0.4 percent there. My point is that this really is just a two-party system and the "other" candidates really didn't impact this year's race.
So what do YOU think of yesterday's vote??
oh yes and a very happy birthday to my sister today!
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
As early as I can today I will head to my polling place - just a block from where I live - to vote. It's not just about who will be the next US president. There are numerous other offices to be filled, plus state and local propositions. Probably the most important and most watched is Proposition 8. Folks from all over the country and around the world will have their eyes on this one. (Remember: Vote NO on 8).
Tonight I will begin watching the national returns as soon as the polls close on the east coast and continue watching for as long as I can before I have to go to sleep. It's going to be a long wait! It's going to be a long night! It is likely that results will not be known for some of the contests for days - maybe even weeks. I expect that Prop 8 may be very close and therefore the results will take longer.
Vote! Be a part of this. Then wait with me for the results.
Monday, November 03, 2008
In California I recommend NO on Propositions 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. I have spoken often about 8. Don't discriminate! Vote no on 8!
One more thing: tell your family and your friends. Got them to go out to vote too! We all need to have our voices heard!
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Saturday, November 01, 2008
My reason for asking this time is that today is All Saints' Day - a pretty big deal in the life of the Church. At my parish there will be a high mass tonight in Latin, with Gregorian chant. (If you're in the area, do come)!
The feast of All Saints, on its current date, is traced to the foundation by Pope Gregory III of an oratory in Saint Peter's for the relics "of the holy apostles and of all saints, martyrs and confessors, of all the just made perfect who are at rest throughout the world." Today is for all the saints, past present, and yet to come. Perhaps that can include you!