You may know or could easily have guessed by now that I am a huge Elizabeth Kaeton Fan. I remember well the first time I heard her preach in an impossibly hot, humid and packed-to-the-rafters church in Philadelphia at the 1997 Integrity Eucharist and as a preacher I recognize how rare and wonderful it is when anyone remembers a sermon much past coffee hour ... much less nearly a decade later! That said, I want to share Elizabeth's latest reflection posted from vacation on her blog Telling Secrets as a piece that one of our colleagues has called part of "the essential Elizabeth." It is called The Ladies of Llangollen and here's a snippet:
"... reject the false dualism of ourselves as social and sexual beings and reclaim the whole/holiness of the mystery of our human being – the gift of a loving God in whose image we were created. It would mean we’d have to resist the urge to snoop into the private bedrooms of others and stop judging people for what we think they do in bed with each other. This is not an impossible task.
I believe mature adults can do this. Indeed, I know it to be so. I know. That would take a direct challenge to the current fundamentalist movement which embraces Scripture as something “God said, man wrote, and I believe” – every word, comma and period.
That is, perhaps, the biggest stumbling block to intelligent conversation, much less dialogue which might lead to understanding, compassion or, even, God help us, the kind of change of heart which would call us into a deeper, more intimate sense of relationships in community."
Read it all here ... and give thanks with me for Elizabeth's witness and wisdom!