Why I Study History (by Caroline)
So I'm running a slideshow for our Presbytery's history celebration. Don't ask me how I got into this. I never know how I get into things. I have a vague impression that it started with my attempt to access the archived minutes of the Presbytery of New York & New England for study, but then an inquisitive soul will ask why on earth I was doing THAT.
People often ask me why I am interested in history, and why particularly the history of our Presbytery. I usually make some joking comment about my unusual interests. "You are asking that of a woman who asked for a pet hedgehog for her birthday and has a script from the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead tattoed in hieroglyphs on her shoulders. I thought it was already pretty well established that I am odd."
Sometimes jokes are easier than truth. Sometimes they ease pain and avoid pity. Sometimes it is easier to talk about hedgehogs and hieroglyphic tattoos than to say, "I lost my whole family. I've scarcely seen them for fifteen years now. They had to choose between the cult and me, and they didn't choose me. And now I go looking for fathers and brothers and sisters and cousins who are not mine by blood. Everyone needs to come from somewhere." Click here to continue reading
Finding the OPC
Last year on a trip to Florida, we tried to find again the OPC church plant we had visited some years before, when we visited Ruben's grandma: they were meeting in a hotel and a house at the time. The OPC website said that they were now meeting in a regular building of their own. We followed the directions scrupulously -- and several times. For it always led to a depressing looking building with a sign out front advertising a Pentecostal church with a male and female pastor. And there was no one there. Strange. So we went back to our rented condo, foiled. The helpful website run helpfully by the OPC to help direct us to their churches had apparently suffered some sort of (no doubt entirely uncharacteristic) failure of information. Click here to continue reading