Monday, April 02, 2007
Trouble in the Episcopal Church?
One of the things I learned in the midst of the evil that was the AIDS epidemic is this: laughter in the face of evil is one of the greatest statements of faith. Obviously, only a true belief in God could give someone the courage to actually laugh in the face of evil.
I stopped counting after I lost my 50th friend to the epidemic. Although my memories of the mid and late '80s are of enormous pain and loss, they are also laced with some of my fondest memories of the amazing death-bed conversations and the wonderful, creative funerals I attended. The memory of them, even now, makes the pain of that loss of all of those wonderful brothers a balm to my aching soul.
The "troubles in the church" can be a manifestation of evil, or it can be an opportunity to deepen our faith.
I think this advertisement for Easter Services in the Episcopal Churches in the San Francisco area is a brilliant statement of faith that says more about belief in the power of resurrection than any 10 sermons.
If you can't read the fine print, click on the picture below for a full screen view and enjoy!