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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

"That's so gay!" (audio version)

I am delighted to provide here a link to the website of All Saints', Atlanta where you will find the audio version of the sermon I preached on October 23, 2009.

"That's so gay!"

Neither the camera nor the microphone are particularly generous or kind in their representations of me. I am not very photogenic nor is my voice particularly pleasing to the ear.

Oh well, such is life in the fast lane of parish ministry in these post modern times.

You can still find the written sermon here.

I think I sound much better in print.


Riley said...

I'm so happy you decided to post the audio version of this most amazing sermon. It's one thing to read the words, and quite another to have them come to life through you. You have a lovely voice, btw.

I listened to it last night after a not so pleasant exchange with my Aunt regarding my being a lesbian. I don't know why I try anymore, really. It's emotionally draining. Let's just say I'm in the initially disorienting, truth telling, family disturbing, identity claiming process of coming out to family. Feeling the terror and shame, and hoping against hope that the open meadows of full acceptance (mine & theirs) is just around the corner.

One more've all seen the pictures, Elizabeth. There's no denying it. You're a hottie! A cougar in a collar who drives a bug with a rainbow sticker. Now, there's a picture.:)

Okay, add a few years of pergatory for me for that last part.

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

Stop, stop, stop, Riley. I don't know if it's a purgatory offense, but you're making be blush

genie said...

she indeed is a hottie!

Brian R said...

I enjoyed hearing the sermon rather than reading. If I was there I might have stood up at the end and cheered.(well probably not but I would have felt like doing so).

Alison said...

I'm with Riley. You are beautiful inside and out, and your voice, even over the phone, calmed and heartened me through some really terrifying times.

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

Genie???? You figured out how to post a comment??? Wonders never cease!

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

Alison - the package arrived. I am so grateful.

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

Hey, Brian R. That would have been quite a trek for you! Glad you were there in spirit if not in voice.

Kirkepiscatoid said...

It is fun to hear the podcast. I read your sermons all the time, but it is fun to hear the honest joy you have in GIVING THEM that the words just don't convey.

That, and, as I am dearly a lover of people's spoken accents, I am charmed by the way you pronounce "homosexual." Hummasexual? That must be a Boston thing like When JFK said "Cuber." (wink). This of course, is coming from the person who says "warsh" and says the season before Easter is "Lint," so take it in the spirit it is intended!

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

No, Kirke, that's not NE. I think I may be echoing the SC accent of Jack Spong. I am also aware that I'm not exactly fond of the word - it's a medical diagnosis, after all - so I may be rushing through it. I was not aware of that until you pointed it out, and, of course, I can't hear it at all.

Kirkepiscatoid said...

Jack Spong has an SC accent? That kind of blows me away. Isn't it funny, how when you've never heard a person speak, you "imagine their accent" and realize you are way off!

All the same, it was INCREDIBLY fun to hear you deliver the sermon as opposed to reading it! In the blogworld, we sort of forget our voices, have...well...voices. Of course I've heard you on the phone, but never in your "sermon voice!"

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

+JSS with a southern accent?? Oh, my dear! Sometimes, he positively drawls. I can still hear him say to me, "Well, young laaaaddddyy."

"Sermon voice"? I'll tell you what - after 23 years of preaching, it gets harder to distinguish your 'preaching' from your 'regular' voice. Not so with my 'pastoral' voice. My kids tease me unmercifully about it.