R.E. NOTES October 22, 2014  


Dear Old Ship,

Coffee hour… Second hour… That “hour” by any other name, will still cause controversies… and anxieties… and perhaps even a few resentments…

But I’m here to tell you that Coffee Hour is the most important forty minutes (or so) of my ministry week…

I know that there are those adults who I may have cut off or cut short during a coffee hour (for which I apologize)… But let me tell you a story about this past Sunday, that may justify my determination to be wholly available primarily to children and Youth on Sunday mornings…

So, this Sunday one of our young people (and his mother) grabbed me and made it clear that they had something to DISCUSS…  I stopped my buzzing around and became present… rooted…

It seems that The Doctor had told someone that there is no heaven… that it is/was just a product of human superstition… Now… because I am a Whovian, (a deeply devoted fan of the BBC TV series, Doctor Who) I knew that this was a serious question being brought to me… A moment fraught with import… Perhaps a crisis of faith…  At the very least, an excuse to dismiss and bail out of our Neighboring Faiths class…

We talked, this boy and me, for a good fifteen minutes… Comparing our most favorite incarnations of the Doctor… and our least favorite companions…

He urged me to give the newest Doctor a fair try… (I’ve been grudging) He told me that Clara is not as chilly as she used to be…

And I told him that it’s very likely that many of our concepts of god and the afterlife are indeed products of our very human hopes and fears… but that doesn’t mean we don’t need them…  And I encouraged him to read Joseph Campbell’s “Myth’s To Live By”… that it changed my life…

I went home and watched the first episode of the new Doctor Who… He was much cooler than I expected… and Clara was much warmer… And I heard the exchange our young man was referring to…

It turns out The Doctor said, “There is no promised land… etc etc…”

I think there’s a big difference between “Heaven” and “The promised land”… But that discussion can wait ‘til next Sunday’s coffee hour…

 Bright blessings and warm trust in one another…

Beverly Tricco

Director of Religious Education

Spiritual / Inspirational things said on “Doctor Who” :

Miracles  – “The universe is big. It’s vast and complicated and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles.” — The Doctor, Season 5, Episode 12

Books are the Best Weapons – “You want weapons? We’re in a library! Books! The best weapons in the world!” — The Doctor, Season 2, Episode 2

Better Than You Think – “When you’re a kid, they tell you it’s all… Grow up, get a job, get married, get a house, have a kid, and that’s it. But the truth is, the world is so much stranger than that. It’s so much darker. And so much madder. And so much better.” — Elton Pope, Season 2, Episode 10.

Good and Bad – “The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don’t always spoil the good things and make them unimportant.” — The Doctor, Season 5, Episode 10

Important – “In 900 years of time and space, I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important”
– The Doctor, Season 6, Christmas Special

A Hand to Hold – “There’s a lot of things you need to get across this universe. Warp drive… wormhole refractors… You know the thing you need most of all? You need a hand to hold.” — The Doctor, Season 6, Episode 6

Optimist – “I am and always will be the optimist. The hoper of far-flung hopes and the dreamer of improbable dreams.” — The Doctor, Season 6, Episode 6

Some Days Are Special – “Everybody knows that everybody dies. But not every day. Not today. Some days are special. Some days are so, so blessed. Some days, nobody dies at all. Now and then, every once in a very long while, every day in a million days, when the wind stands fair and the Doctor comes to call, everybody lives.”  — River Song, Season 6, Episode 13

We’re All Stories – “We’re all stories, in the end. Just make it a good one, eh?” — The Doctor, Season 5, Episode 13

Be Alive – “Letting it get to you. You know what that’s called? Being alive. Best thing there is. Being alive right now is all that counts.” — The Doctor, Season 6, Episode 4

Don’t Give Up – “You don’t just give up. You don’t just let things happen. You make a stand! You say no! You have the guts to do what’s right, even when everyone else just runs away.” — Rose Tyler, Season 1, Episode 13




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