Written by Sherry
Thursday, 17 January 2008 22:10
I'm back. At last. For a week, anyway.
Had a very interesting encounter with a Christian, woman OBGYN physician Sue(who was my seat mate on the flight from Seattle) who has taken early semi-retirement to fight against the new euthanasia initiative being headed up by one of our former governors. Please visit her organization's website: Washington Coalition Against Assisted Suicide. She said that every visitor, even those from outside Washington state, helps make their campaign more credible. And that they could also use financial assistance - that even $5 would help.
It was great to hear from her that even in "None" land, the medical association is strongly against the initiative.
Washingtonians have already lived through one epic battle around this topic in 1991. I was working my way through grad school on a oncology unit at that point and I can still remember one nurse who turned to me and explained her opposition: "I know who is going to be asked to actually do the deed and it isn't going to be doctors. It is going to be nurses." That time around, we won. But this is a new battle and a new era.
Sue was delighted to hear about our work and said "God must have arranged for us to sit together". She was very positive about the developing ecumenism between Protestants and Catholics especially around life issues. She also had fond memories of Fr. Joseph Fulton, who was the resident saint at Blessed Sacrament in Seattle for decades.
Fr. Fulton was a Protestant student from Brooklyn when he first crossed the threshold of Blessed Sacrament church in the 30's. He fell in love with the beauty he encountered there and become Catholic, a Dominican, provincial, and eventually pastor of the very church that triggered his interest in the faith. (And which would be the threshold of the faith for me as a student at the UW a half century later.)
Fr. Fulton transcended every category. He celebrated the ancient Dominican rite (in Latin of course) early on Sunday morning and attended services at University Presbyterian on Sunday evening. Lover of the traditional Mass, champion of the charismatic renewal, he was often called "Father Love" but would refer to himself as a "Methodist Free Catholic".
Ecumenism in "None" land is real at the grassroots level.
Which reminds me:
Blessed Sacrament Church in Seattle is celebrating her centennial this year and what a spectacular line-up of events they have planned. In true Fr. Fulton style, the line-up utterly confounds our current culture war categories:
This weekend, the topic is ecumenism - so if you are going to be in the area, make a point of attending!
Lecture I: The Future of Evangelical-Roman Catholic Ecumenism with Fr. Morerod, OP, and Profs. Yeago & Koskela
January 18th – 7:30PM – Blessed Sacrament Church - Parish Hall
Lecture II: The Future of Lutheran-Roman Catholic Ecumenism with Fr. Morerod, OP, and Prof. Yeago
January 19th – 6:30PM – Blessed Sacrament Church - Parish Hall
And among the other events coming up at Blessed Sacrament in 2008:
Lectures by Timothy Radcliffe, former Master of the Dominican Order and
Sr. Suzanne Noffke, OP - the world's foremost expert on Catherine of Siena
The Tudor Choir in concert
A lecture on Gregorian and Dominican chants through the centuries
A Dominican Rite Mass with solemn vespers for St. Dominic's feastday
Fr. Paul Murray who has written a simply wonderful book on the intoxicating joy of early OP spirituality
And there's more. . .
I am intensely frustrated that my travel schedule means that I will miss most of these events - but you don't have to!
Check it out.