Tuesday, July 25, 2017
I learned tonight a cousin, near my own age, was found dead, evidently of an overdose. I saw him only once in the past thirty years; our lives diverged long ago. I know few details about his life except this: that while I was wrestling with single parenthood, disability, and a return to university, he was wrestling with a severe drug addiction that no one would talk about, much less deal with, in our Laestadian (Old Apostolic Lutheran) family.
Why the silence?
Why the negligence?
Posted by Free at 7/25/2017 01:09:00 PM
Monday, July 03, 2017
According to a member of an online support group, new rules regarding "Christian" weddings were recently shared, including:
- No engagement rings.
- The engaged couple must wait until married to sit together in church.
- Wedding rings must be simple bands.
- No wedding dresses (preferably a skirt that can be worn again).
- The skirt should not be so long that it touches the floor.
- The bridal party will not walk up or down aisle.
- The bride and groom will walk down the aisle only after they are married.
- No food at wedding receptions.
This illustrates a practical function of the Elders' meetings: to reinforce visual markers of faithfulness (faithfulness to the preachers, not the gospel) so members appear separate from "the world." (An equally important function is to retain members through intermarriage. Out-marrying is taboo, so these large gatherings are opportunities to meet non-relatives. Youth are encouraged to travel out of state to attend).
Posted by Free at 7/03/2017 06:34:00 PM