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Sunday, February 1, 2009

This Weed Smells Like a Rose! & It's Mellow Yellow Monday Again!

I was shocked when Wifester's mom emailed me on Friday telling me about an article she'd read in the Cleveland Plain Dealer about a local church who is taking a stand in support of gay marriage rights by refusing to sign state marriage licenses, until same sex couples are allowed the right to marry in Ohio. Oh sure, I know of pleanty of churches who are supportive of the gay community, what shocked me so was the fact that it was a Church of Christ. The United Church of Christ, a 1.2-million member denomination headquartered in Cleveland, has aparently adopted a resolution supporting gay marriage at a national synod in Atlanta three years ago. Who knew?

I jokingly wrote back to Wifester's mom saying that it's surely snowed so much up there that Hell must have finally frozen over. I mean, that's my only explanation for a Church of Christ supporting gay marriage. We were out to lunch with some friends yesterday, one of which is a member of the Church of Christ, here in Nashville. She's not a homophobe, but she will quickly tell you that her church is adamantly against homosexuality. I told them about the email from Wifester's mom, and how I just could not believe that it was a Church of Christ, Wifester interrupting me to say "I'm pretty sure mom got that wrong." when Church-girl said "Oh, she must have read that wrong, I bet it was Christ Church. You know, they're completely different."

With so much debate over whether or not it was the Church of Christ or the Christ Church, what got lost in the conversation was the wonderful fact that now we have large, major congregations banning together in support of our plight. That's such a tremendous step in the journey to equallity.

I've not been able to stop thinking about this article, so I had to look up the newspaper Wifester's mom was telling me about, to read it for myself and to double check to see once and for all, is it Christ Church, or Church of Christ? I just need to know. Trust me, it matters.

Turns out, Wifester's mom is on her game. It was the Church of Christ. Which makes this victory all the sweeter to my pallett. Why is that?
Well, if you pick up a lovely pink rose, and sniff it, and it smells sweet, well, you expected that to happen, but if you pick up a gnarley twisted weed, and it seems dead and dry, but you sniff it anyways, and it smells just like that rose did? That's something to take notice of!

Now on to the fun stuff...

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I used an archived photo for this week's Mellow Yellow Monday post...

From Gatlinburg


Mellow Yellow Monday is a cool photo meme, here's the 411
The rules are pretty simple:
1. Every Monday post a photo with a little or a lot of yellow.
2. Please only post photos you have authority to use.
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4. Leave the link to your Mellow Yellow post below on Mr. Linky.
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19 cookies cracked:

Aunt B said...

I hate to be the party-pooper but the UCC (the United Church of Christ) and the Church of Christ out of Cleveland could not be more different if they tried. In fact, if they had super powers, they would be each other's arch enemy.

So, the UCC doing this doesn't surprise me. But the Church of Christ out of Cleveland... They will never do this.

tt said...

I'd be interested in what your lunch date had to say after you found it was indeed her church...interesting. Yay for them I say....wonder if they lost membership after that OR...if membership is growing.....I'm just glad they took their collective blinders off!!

3continentfamily said...

How cool! And unexpected...

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

the UCC is pretty progressive, which may be surprising when you consider they were the Pilgrims on Plymouth Rock!

Reb said...

That is wonderful news!

I love the new page too btw ;)

Tink said...

Regardless of which church it is, that's awesome news!

Connie said...

Pretty colors.

Mamapippa said...

Lovely flower photo !

Becky said...

Love the contrast of the tulip with the yellow flowers.

Jessica said...

GREAT news! And I love that pic! :)

Babs (Beetle) said...

That's good news! I like the flower shot too :O)

Teena in Toronto said...

I like the way the yellow flowers frame the fuschia flower.

I played too :)

Dianne said...

love the lilac with the bits of yellow

Drowsey Monkey said...

Gorgeous photo! love it.

Very cool about the church support. I so don't get the big deal, but then again I'm in Canada where it's legal. Also, most of the the long-term relationships I know are same sex relationships ... so I just don't get what the fuss is all about.

pehpot said...

nice one.. it blends well with your template :)

Here is my entry

bobbie said...

I will never understand how someone can be "against" anything or anyone that God has made. It isn't a choice. It just IS.

Your flower photo is very beautiful.

Linnea W said...

That is a lovely MYM shot. The flower is perfect and I love the green, yellow and purple with white edges. So spring-like! Thanks for visiting my MYM.

Real Live Lesbian said...

We actually have a UCC church here in Nashville. I loved going there...until my ex decided SHE wanted to go. So it's great, except for her. ;)

Love your new look!

WomensDaily said...

That's wonderful! Surprising, but wonderful none the less.