With this weblog I continue to ponder the mystery of bacterial fermentation, but I also ponder another mystery. I don’t understand how it happens, but when light, drops of water and viewers are rightly positioned a rainbow is created. I love rainbows. On my Sunday in Arizona I went with my cousin to the fellowship where his daughter is the pastor.
The first thing I saw was a friendly rainbow sign promising the LGBTQ community that it, too, was welcome to enter the door. This was only the second Sunday the rainbow sign was in place, and none of the LGBTQ community had yet ventured in, but any who do will find it a place of safety.
We passed through the entrance into a social area. We could take coffee and snacks, socialize around tables, view displays, etc. As usual I broused to learn what I could about the new church. It was much like our church back in Goshen with frustrations and innovations. There was a reminder about wearing name badges. Also names and addresses of persons needing a ride to the center were displayed.
I liked the little treasure box for ideas. Any group that wants to endure for long must treasure new ideas, and old ideas, that happen to pop up. Soon a door opened to what we Mennonites would call the sanctuary. There was a podium, benches for the general audience and an “amen” corner. The pastor’s husband, her father and I were seated on the front bench of the amen corner.
After a brief centering time, the audience entered the auditorium for the main service. It was informal with enough structure that everyone seemed to know what was coming next. Certain simple songs were familiar to all, the children were dismissed, and it was time for the sermon. Only it wasn’t a sermon, it was a “lesson.” Brousing the Unity website helps me to understand that when love and forgiveness are extended, miracles are bound to happen.
After the lesson, we retired to the social area to eat a light lunch. Then we returned home to a quiet afternoon and that night we watched a movie of the life of Nina Simone who spent years as a civil rights activist. I looked for the movie and found a cluster of Youtube video songs. Listen to the bio of Metgar Evers by clicking here with sound turned up. Listening to the Evers link will help you to understand Nina Simone’s song. Hear her sing by clicking here with your sound turned up.
The rainbow of love was crystal clear in the Unity Center as blacks, browns and whites hugged each other. It seems to me that what Jesus called leaven is silently at work throughout the world, and the light shines.