Wednesday, September 30, 2009
When Ed made the announcement in church, his words were that we were all invited to "an Ecclesiastical Council - now there's a jawbreaker for you -- " for Eleanor Harrison (who has been going through the UCC ordination process). The phrase "now there's a jawbreaker for you" got stuck in my head on a little loop for a few minutes.
Well, as it turns out, there were no jawbreakers for us at the Council, which was held last night, but there were breads, cheeses, brownies, and cookies. Breaking bread seemed an especially symbolic reception action, given that Eleanor has shared several times (and beautifully) how meaningful the experience of communion has been for her during her journey.
By the way, she recommends this book very highly. I bought a copy but haven't read it yet.
Of course, the important part of the evening was the culmination of it in a unanimous vote to ordain Eleanor as a UCC minister. But the brownies Ed made ran a close second.
I had emergency snacks in my bag, just in case I came out of the meeting and was starving, but I didn't even need them.
p.s. I ate the almonds this morning. Not bad, but not bold enough. More chili and lime, please!