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Your Turn / Re: Coronavirus news
« on: November 15, 2020, 08:01:32 AM »
Here in central Illinois houses of worship have been asked to go remote, and my church has done so. It is tough, but as one of my colleagues said, we don’t want to be responsible for a single case of Covid being contracted at church that could have been avoided. I will note that several of my neighboring colleagues are steadfastly refusing to suspend in person worship, letting each member decide for him/herself.

As my neighbor said, it is best not to second guess anyone’s decision. These are uncharted waters.

Donna


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Your Turn / Re: Planning for life's end
« on: November 10, 2020, 01:13:35 PM »
I wrote my obituary this year. I still need to make the notes on requests for the worship service.

During my husbands last few years with me, we arranged the funeral director services and prepaid for our arrangements. We also revised the powers of attorney and advanced directives, and selected and purchased cemetery plots. We will be near Larry’s beloved law school (from which 4 generations of Smiths have graduated).

To assist my own executors (brother and family) I have been completing as much of this book as I can:
https://smile.amazon.com/Important-Information-Belongings-Business-Affairs/dp/1441317996/ref=sr_1_3?crid=1JGLGTPJ9GPFZ&dchild=1&keywords=im+dead+now+what&qid=1605031539&sprefix=I’m+dead%2Caps%2C186&sr=8-3

All of these steps have provided some sense of reassurance and relief for me.

Donna

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Your Turn / Re: Judge Amy Barrett Confirmation Hearings
« on: October 19, 2020, 12:48:06 PM »
And a funny video from the Bee:

https://youtu.be/L_hVMwCcC1w


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Your Turn / Re: Prayer requests
« on: October 18, 2020, 08:17:15 PM »
I had not known Bishop Spring until we were in the process of forming the NALC. I was assigned to a committee that related to issues of rostering, candidacy and which was dealing with relationships with the ELCA as we prepared to leave. I wound up on the committee with 5 ELCA bishops, and as the only “foot soldier” I was intimidated! Bishop Paull made me feel valued, respected and was always kind. His mind was brilliant, he had a pastor’s heart, and his facility with Lutheran theology and confessions was tremendous. I read this evening that he has entered the Church Triumphant. He will be sorely missed. May his memory be blessed.

Donna

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Your Turn / Re: The Forum is a success!
« on: September 28, 2020, 04:55:42 PM »
Did not this thread have to do with the Forum and its acceptance of women and the degeneration of the tone of conversation here?  Do everyone a favor and start a new thread when you change the subject. . .

Thank you.

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Your Turn / Re: Female Supreme Court Nominee
« on: September 26, 2020, 12:38:55 PM »
I did not, Randy Bosch, endorse what people say or do in the process. That is a different problem.
But as all of us know who have gone through various kinds of questioning or public additions, it’s just part of the deal. Even in a meeting with a congregation council considering whether to call you, you know that some center-of-the-rump jerk is going to ask stupid and inappropriate questions.”
Not saying, am I, that those things are appropriate; just that we know they will happen.

But they don't have to happen. There is no constitutional mandate for these circus hearings which, in a kinder, more civilized era, used to be affirming and positive for all involved.

Do not discount how ugly this can become. I will link an article you all  might be tempted to disregard, but take a look at the primary source material contained within (That is to say, tweet content and such).

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/09/25/https-www-breitbart-com-politics-2020-09-25-donald-trump-russia-interfered-in-2016-election-on-behalf-of-hillary-clinton/

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Your Turn / Re: Female Supreme Court Nominee
« on: September 26, 2020, 11:23:21 AM »
Apparently, based on what I read this morning, the initial media plan of attack involves questioning the propriety of the adoption process of Judge Barrett’s children (from Haiti). I find this abhorrent.

To be honest, I had been hoping that, as she was subjected to horrid hearings just 2 years ago, the hearings might be skipped this time. Such hearings are not legally mandated.

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Your Turn / Re: The Forum is a success!
« on: September 26, 2020, 10:26:56 AM »
Yes, I am being sarcastic. I no longer see posts from female participants with any regularity.

I have long felt that female voices are not much welcome here. Without naming names, there is one longtime poster who is constantly browbeaten into silence. Eileen of blessed memory has moved on to a more elite forum, but stood her ground well and persistently. There is one poster who is more acceptable for a variety of reasons, but does not post often.

My more liberal sisters pop in and leave rather quickly.

I stop by and lurk, posting on occasion.

It seems to me that my brother pastors might be concerned at managing to alienate one entire group of potential participants. But I think instead that this was always meant to be a boys’ club anyway, so we females had best stay away.

Had any of you even noticed the absence of female voices in this forum? Does it actually not matter, as I suspect?

Just curious on this chilly grey morning.

Donna

Yes, I see clearly that female voices are not welcomed. I must add though that other types are likewise scorned. Best to be right of center politically and fundamentalist theologically. Otherwise you face prima facie rejection. It is not a forum of balance and mature discussion.

I wish you and your friends would stay.

Peace, JOHN

Thanks John. I am not leaving. Just was making an observation. No agenda, which I know is strange to many lol!

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Your Turn / Re: The Forum is a success!
« on: September 26, 2020, 10:02:54 AM »
It might relate to whether there is a difference in how men and women discuss things. What, in your view, would make this forum more likely to attract female participants?

My guess would be respect. And less condescension. I have not felt as much disrespected personally as I have felt put off by seeing fellow posters disrespected. But as I said, just a guess.

Thanks.

Donna

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Your Turn / The Forum is a success!
« on: September 26, 2020, 09:24:33 AM »
Yes, I am being sarcastic. I no longer see posts from female participants with any regularity.

I have long felt that female voices are not much welcome here. Without naming names, there is one longtime poster who is constantly browbeaten into silence. Eileen of blessed memory has moved on to a more elite forum, but stood her ground well and persistently. There is one poster who is more acceptable for a variety of reasons, but does not post often.

My more liberal sisters pop in and leave rather quickly.

I stop by and lurk, posting on occasion.

It seems to me that my brother pastors might be concerned at managing to alienate one entire group of potential participants. But I think instead that this was always meant to be a boys’ club anyway, so we females had best stay away.

Had any of you even noticed the absence of female voices in this forum? Does it actually not matter, as I suspect?

Just curious on this chilly grey morning.

Donna

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Your Turn / Re: Poll: Change of doctors or insurance
« on: September 13, 2020, 07:08:24 AM »
The insurance situation in America needed to be improved. Not sure that in the case of Obamacare, the cure is any better than the disease.


Obamacare was not meant to be the final solution.

“Final solution?”

Freudian slip?

 ::)

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Your Turn / Re: Prayers
« on: September 10, 2020, 09:20:25 AM »
This message arrived this morning:

“ Dear friends, at 0605, our beloved  dear sister in Christ Cathi Braasch has joined with the Saints in heaven, and entered the church triumphant. Well done good and faithful servant, well done.”

Rest eternal grant her, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon her.

Donna

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Your Turn / Re: Masks
« on: July 30, 2020, 11:07:55 PM »
We returned to public worship on June 28. Pews are marked to indicate proper seating for social distancing to be maintained. We take temps of every person on arrival, and keep track of who attends so we are prepared in case contact tracing is needed. Everyone wears a mask. We have a box of surgical masks in case someone forgets. Hand sanitizer is everywhere, little bottles are in all the pew racks. At first, community reading was minimized and we held off on hymn singing. This coming Sunday a hymn will finally be included.

Hymnals and pew Bibles are stacked up on a shelf for the time being, though now we are being informed that it might be ok to use them without extensive post-worship sanitizing. We are weighing it all out.

We are a small congregation and i am only the Interim Pastor. Even in our small setting, we agonize over every decision. With the age of our members, we have to be extra cautious. The younger folks have not come back yet. Hopefully we will not be locked down again, but rates are climbing in Illiniois so it would not surprise me.

No one complains about the masks.



Donna

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Your Turn / Re: Life in Quarantine: One man's reflections
« on: July 29, 2020, 06:16:40 PM »
Charles, I am so sorry for your loss. My feline companions make isolation bearable. I thank you for loving your kitty so long and well.

Donna

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