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I’m going to post this incident on both my new blog and my old one.

At the East Ohio annual conference, there is a custom that if there is a tie on a plurality ballot for electing delegates to general conference or jurisdictional conference, the result is decided by the Biblical custom of drawing lots. This happened at this annual conference.

There was a tie between two clergy candidates, Paul White, a progressive*, and a “bad news” right-wing type. The lot fell on the progressive candidate, resulting in a clergy delegation to General Conference that is decidedly progressive. If that does not show that the Spirit is with us, I don’t know what does.

Also, we got a majority on a pro-gay petition opening membership to all. Not the 2/3rds needed to send it on, but better then we have done.

Highlights of Annual Conference for me also included nearly drowning in Lake Erie; I’m not as good a swimmer as I used to be. 24 is father from 16 then I thought. Still, it was nice to get in the water. Also, seeing the mayflies come in was fun, especially since someone told me that it was proof that Lake Erie was pure and clean again.

*He also wore a 3 piece suit in a un-airconditioned auditorium. I don’t understand how he does it. I wore beach clothes all week.
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The Good News

My girlfriend is now my bride to be! We're to be married next spring. She's a lovely, strong, independent woman who knows more about cars then I do. I love her so, so, much! She's a member of a fellow-student's church, we met at charge conference.
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My girlfriend, Charity, and I went to see the musical Cabaret at the Shadowbox Cabaret yesterday after church (she visited this Sunday). The production was brilliant, with Amy Lay as a brilliant Emcee. Cliff was played by Tom Cardinal, and Sally Bowles by Lori Hunt. Cliff was played as a weak man who saw what was going on but could not stop it, and Sally was decent but not awesomely brilliant. Ernst Ludwig, played by JT Walker, stole every scene he was in, he made a brilliant villain, seductive and evil. The acapella rendition of "Tomorrow Belongs To Me" was bone-chilling, if too short.
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My church canceled services due to bad weather up in Upper, so I visited St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Delaware. This was my first time attending a Lutheran service. Some things were different then what I am used to in Episcopal or Methodist services- the confession of sin was the first part of the service proper, though they sung a hymn before beginning the liturgy. The pastor wore cassok-alb and stole, and the liturgy was almost entirely chanted or sung, both by the pastor and the congregation. Communion was with wafers and disposable communion cups of wine and grape juice. You had to fill out a card in order to commune, though all baptized Christians who believe in the real presence were welcomed to the alter.
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Modern lost sheep

Here is my attempt at a modern language version of the Confession from Morning Prayer Rite I.

Almighty and most merciful Father, we confess that we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the vices and desires of our own hearts. We have broken your holy laws, we have rebelled against your love, we have done things we should not have done, and we have failed to do the things that we ought to have done. We ask you, O Lord, to have mercy upon us, and spare those who confess their faults. We ask that you restore those who are penitent, according to the promises you gave humanity in Christ Jesus our Lord; and grant, O most merciful Father, for His sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and conscientious life, to the glory of your holy Name. Amen.