One last quick note for the day and then I’m off to work for real:
Wednesday night I attended my daughter’s speech and debate awards banquet and was pleasantly surprised when it was time for the invocation. Fully expecting the “in Jesus’s name …” I was stunned to hear her say “tonight I’d like to share with you something from Buddhism.” So stunned was I, I thought she said “Foodism.” I was also pleased to see that in this one small gathering in a town that is 90+% of european descent, the room held people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds and some obvious representations of religious difference (head scarves, for example).
I was very touched by the display of interest in presenting prayer from a different angle. Though I’m still curious what a “Foodist” prayer might sound like.