26 comments on “And Then This Happened

    • I don’t want to put the coordinator in an awkward spot. She’s a public employee and religion is a touchy subject around here (as everywhere it seems). I just said she might be getting an email from someone who got her contact info from me and I wanted to make it clear that I provided the info but that should not be interpreted as a recommendation. Next time I see the coordinator in person I’ll fill in the details and she can make her own decision.

  1. Sorry but she could not do that in Canada, she would get booted from the Volunteer group. Canadians do not like that sort of thing. In fact we have one like that right now at Prime Minister and the way things are going he is about to loose his job.

    • It is a tough area here. There is nothing in Volunteer Orientation or the Handbook that says one cannot share one’s faith. I’d like to think most people would assume it was covered by the prohibition on ‘inappropriate conduct’. The museum is a secular institution but it is not publicly owned. I did not bring it to the staff’s attention because I was truly more amused than offended and because, even though we were in a public area, there were no guests within earshot. Hopefully she would be behave differently in front of patrons.

      I’d hate to have some evangelical talking head to swoop in and start screaming about persecuting a poor Christian woman by limiting her 1st Amendment rights to free speech and free exercise of her religion.

      Symphony Hall would be more challenging. That venue is owned by the City and many of the patrons are not Christians who might take offense as getting a dose of the Word with their program.

      • Hallelujah. Preach it, brother HK.

        I can’t say I am as virulently anti-religion as some of your other commentators. It wasn’t so long ago that the gays tried to suss out their brethren in public too.

        There is definitely an evangelical line that people cross, though. Express your faith if you feel it is necessary. If you feel it is necessary to convert me, you have gone too far.

      • Agreed. And to be fair. I did not sense she was attempting to convert me. I the Spirit just prompted her to witness at that moment and it probably would have happened about the same way had I not been there. Like the proverbial (small ‘p’) tree falling in uninhabited forest, however, I’m not sure it counts as witnessing if no one is there to hear it.

  2. I’d just have said – I am sorry I haven’t got a clue – then smiled and walked off. I do that all the time!

    • Good idea! I’m supposed to stay at the Info Desk when I volunteer for that assignment but a quick trip to the drinking fountain or the loo might have been appropriate. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  3. Oh my GAWD!!! (or some less inappropriate reaction). Why does religion so often cover for just plain loopiness? Carrie’s/Sybil’s mum was right – and she would have known!

      • I think it was Carrie’s mom, H.K., but would have to re-read the novel or replay the video (necessarily having to jump the pig-slaughtering scene) to make sure – which, come to think of it, might not be a bad idea.

  4. I would have had to bite my tongue not to laugh. I have a neighbor who I go to great lengths to avoid. But if needed an AMEN can end the conversation.

  5. That usually is a situation I will find myself in. One of the reasons I hate taking a bus, train, subway or whatever, is I always get the “may I sit here, now let me tell you how I was saved” aaaah!

    • I’ve not encountered them on public transportation here. We have a couple of guys who share the Gospel on street corners in downtown Phoenix but one only needs indulge them until the light changes from “Don’t Walk”.

  6. My, dear, but it *ha*s be a while since you stepped into a place of Christian worship! You have confused the Lord’s Prayer, uttered by none other than the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, which properly begins, “PATER NOSTER, qui es in caelis, sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo et in terra…” as the Lord God only hears prayers in Latin, I’m afraid. Hate to be the one to break it, but that is the real reason protestants are going to Hell, the Lord in deaf to their vulgar supplications… with Psalm 23, “Dominus regit me, et nihil mihi deerit:
    in loco pascuæ, ibi me collocavit. Super aquam refectionis educavit me …” or “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want…He maketh me lie down in green pastures…” Isn’t that special?

    • Ha! In the words of Karen Walker, “it’s funny ‘cuz it’s true”. Generations of Baptists are spinning in their grave over my Biblical blunder (now corrected btw, thanks!). I may be wrong but I’m thinking my lack of Latin was not the limiting factor for Miss Sally.

      Tangentially, I listened to series of lectures on the New Testament, The speaker was describing Peter’s departure from Rome (That’s St. Peter to y’all…Protestants are on a first-name basis with him) saying he encountered JC on the road and asked “Quo Vadis” and made an aside; ‘it is unclear what prompted Peter to suggenly start speaking to the Lord in Latin”. I’d never given that any thought before. I just figured it was one of those “when in Rome….” kind of things.

      Thanks for the comment.

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