I was a Deputy to General Convention three times--Columbus, Anaheim and Minneapolis. I would have to google it to tell you in what order. It was I think: 2003, 2006 and 2009.
I was in the hallway at Minneapolis when I saw one of my bishops, Jim Curry, coming out of the display room--where you could buy anything you'd probably never want about the Episcopal Church.
Jim saw me and came running over. "I've got you something--just for you!" He handed me a small red button you can attach with a wire to your coat.
On it was one word: HERETIC.
I still have it and wear it from time to time. Bless Bishop Curry!
I probably am a heretic since I either don't believe or could care less about a lot of Christian Doctrine and Dogma.
I'm just not interested in 'believing'. I'm interesting in having "faith"--pistos in Greek--which could just as easily be translated as "trust".
I 'trust' in the Almighty Power. I don't 'believe' much of anything.
So people figure that out and give me stuff to read.
I guess they're trying to 'save' me. I'm not sure.
The latest is a book called Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander, a neurosurgeon who was in a coma and journeyed into the 'afterlife'.
I'll dutifully read it and thank the woman who loaned it to me.
But if someone jumped out from behind a tree on a dark street and yelled, "do you believe in heaven?" I'd answer, "I don't know."
I know the Almighty Power I trust in would never have a hell. That Power is Love, pure and simple and punishing people for eternity would never occur to him/her/it.
Who knows? Not me.
But I trust and will go into that good night with faith.
Enough for me.
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