|Sent on:||Tuesday, January 15, 2013 2:55 PM|
Hey Michael! Thanks for sharing all that :-) . I never make meetings because they are on the day I teach salsa at the Rev Room but I always follow the emails. Wanted to give you a place suggestion-Guiellermos Coffee shop on Rodney Parham had a meeting room that they do not charge for. You could check with them.. Go o pure that leads somewhere :-) .
Best and brightest!
I have canceled tonight's Meetup at the House GastroPub. I had no clue the weather might be a problem until my boss at work said: “everybody go home”. I canceled the meetup a few minutes later, and called the House Gastro to let them know we wouldn't be coming. For the sake of everyone's safety, I urge everyone to please never risk inclement weather to travel to a meetup. There will always be a next time.
Speaking of which, next time is Tuesday, Feb. 5th, again at the House GastroPub (though I'm still looking for another place with a free meeting room). We don't have a topic yet, so I do invite you all to consider whether there is a spiritual question you've been asking lately, or if you have discovered something recently on your Path. If you wouldn't mind sharing, either of those would generally make a good topic of discussion.
For those of you with stuff to do, those are the salient points of the email. I do hope to see you all at our next meeting! For those of you who have a little more free time, I'll share with you one thing I was going to share at the meeting. (I'll leave the responses set to the email list so you can easily share something with the group also if you want...)
My sister has recently been hired to her first job as Pastor of a Presbyterian church. All of my relatives are Christian, and I hadn't told anyone I'm Pagan. I had survived family get-togethers through a practice I might call “picking out the pretty parts of the truth”. It's kind-of reminiscent of picking an unwanted vegetable out of a casserole, but with more moral implications.
So I had a moment over the holidays where my mother and father were out of earshot, and it was my sister and her 2 college aged kids. So I told them what I was doing with the Meetup. I danced around using the word “Pagan” (for fear that they might start to hyperventilate), but I made the situation clear enough. As it happened, they were very encouraging. My niece actually said: “isn't it funny that you both went into the ministry”.
Well, that's not what I would call this, but I was grateful to be accepted. It was a wonderful moment, really. This reminds me of a less wonderful moment lately when, during my search for a new place to meet, I mentioned the name of our group, and suddenly they were all booked. In their defense (I'd rather not say where), I have no proof that they weren't. But the look on the manager's face was unmistakeable. Had I been Frankenstein's monster, I would have known that pitchforks and torches were soon to follow.
These two events raised a question in my mind. So long as I obey the laws of the land, I have the right to be who I wish to be, and to expend the years of my life promoting the things that I wish to (love, respect, peace,...). I certainly have the right to be myself openly, though-- human beings being as we are, that brings on consequences (good and bad). And the question that popped into my head is: all costs aside, am I making a mistake by not wearing my beliefs on my lapel for all to see all the time? (This may seem an obvious question to you, but I hadn't asked myself that one before.) I don't think so. I have the right to share or not to, as I see fit. Beyond that all I have to be concerned with is whether I can be so selective in sharing my beliefs, and still fulfill by personal goals in the community.
Well, this email is plenty long enough. Be safe in the snow; be well, and be blessed.
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