Magazine article The Christian Century

Unconscious Pleasures

Magazine article The Christian Century

Unconscious Pleasures

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JUDGING BY the typos in a recent sample of church bulletins, the pleasures of the senses haunt the unconscious minds of many Christians. Food is, of course, high on the list. We wondered what happened to the bread of life in this verse from "Here I Am, Lord," quoted in a recent bulletin: "I, the Lord of wind and flame,/I will tend the poor and lame./I will set a feast for them,/my hand will save./Finest breast I will provide." Of chicken, of course.

Do you wish to become a minister in the presbytery of Giddings-Love-joy, Texas? The application for membership first wants you to "sigh your name and date" and then promise that you will be "a faithful minister, proclaiming the food news in Word and Sacrament." No doubt thereby making a clean breast of things.

The United Methodist church in Ransom, Kansas, seems to be going into roasting in a big way. A Sunday worship folder declares that "Kara Berry lighted the acolytes on the altar."

But food is not our only preoccupation. Another bulletin sent us (unfortunately, without revealing the church's location) seems to come from the site of orgies. It announces, "Gracious God, we are saturated with Christmas celebrating: ... the shopping, the merry mating.... "God rest 'em merry.

Similarly provocative was the Kansas City Saint Paul School of Theology's letter announcing a conference to be held "in the lover level of the Harter Union on the campus of Baker University."

The UCC Office of Communications sent us a quote from the Denver Post proclaiming that "Temple Sinai and First Plymouth Congregational Church are having a joint at 8 A. …

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