Gary Paterson is the first openly gay person to be named the Moderator of a major Christian-based church, in the world.
The times they are a changing.
Chris Ball is from Calgary. A tourist in a city on the south-west coast of the United States. On the eve of the election, while walking back to his hotel, he is attacked by three assailants, pummelled and kicked and beaten badly.
The times they are a changing; sometimes they seem to stand still.
On Sunday evening my eldest daughter and I attended the Jazz Vespers at St. Andrews-Wellsley United Church in Vancouver. Throughout the hour-long event, Rev. Gary Paterson intersperses the music with eloquent, educated and thought-provoking commentary on how to create change we must name what concerns us, be forgiving and be grateful. We must create from the intention of creating better, for everyone. “Jesus Christ loves Donald Trump,” he says. “I’m glad he does because I’m not there. Yet.”
Not there. Yet.
Which suggests, the intention is to get there. To get to that place where the actions of a person are not the measure of how I love. How I love is the measure of my response – may my response always be one that listens, hears and acknowledges the position of another from a place of integrity, dignity and compassion.
Miles Davis said, “I’m always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up in the morning and see the light. Then I’m grateful. To keep creating you have to be about change.”
What is the change you want to create in the world?
Chris Ball, the Calgary film-maker beaten on election night in Santa Monica is quoted in a Calgary Metro News article as saying, “I’m in pretty good spirits. That’s just how I have to handle it. I’m alive and well and still very gay,” he laughed.”
The article states:
In retrospect, Ball doesn’t think it was really a political issue – it was a hate issue, fuelled by the charged atmosphere of the election night, with a group of drunk people who used Trump’s rhetoric as an excuse to get in a fight. He feels it could very well have been a Clinton supporter, or just someone else with a homophobic attitude on any other night – it’s an ongoing issue.