Tuesday, November 22, 2005

You Gotta Be Kidding!

Quotes of note . . .

Week of November 13 - 19

"I, the undersigned Pavel M, currently jailed at Timisoara Penitentiary serving a 20 years sentence for murder, request legal action against God, resident in Heaven, and represented here by the Romanian Orthodox Church, for committing the following crimes: cheating, concealment, abuse against people’s interest, taking bribe and traffic of influence."
- "Pavel M," an inmate in a Bucharest, Romania prison.

The inmate has initiated a lawsuit against God for breach of contract, claiming that God has failed in his promise ". . . that I would be rid of problems and have a better life."

Week of November 6 - 12

"Speech for the children of Abraham - that is Jews, Christians and Muslims - speech is the medium of divine self-disclosure. And it is in response to God’s word variously spoken - that is the Old Testament, the New Testament and the Koran - that different patterns of worship and ways of behaving and being in the world develop and evolve.”

- The Most Rev. Frank Griswold, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, USA, speaking at the Cathedral Church of St. John in Taipei, Taiwan, October 30, 2005

Week of October 2 - 8

"It's almost like a great awakening, I would say,"

- The Rev. Jay Johnson, programming and development director of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA, comparing the decision of the United Church of Christ to support same-sex marriage to the "Great Awakening" spiritual revivals of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries.

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