Welp, on Friday night we went to see Into Great Silence at the Belcourt. It’s a mostly silent film (except for the chanting) that follows the daily lives of a group of Carthusian monks at a monastery in the mountains of France. It’s only in town for a week or so; who knows when it will be on DVD? But I highly recommend it.
On Saturday, H. and I drove to Selma, Alabama for a family reunion that brought together all (or many) of the descendents of her great-grandmother and her siblings. In the afternoon, we drove around the town. It’s a depressing place. The streets are lined with stately mansions and beautiful churches, but the entire town is extremely run-down. We stopped in at the National Voting Rights Museum, which commemorates the Selma to Montgomery March in 1965 and the “Bloody Sunday” attack on the marchers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, again a place with much potential and very important story to tell, but very run-down with holdings that are not well preserved (due perhaps to a lack of funding?). Much the same situation obtains at the Old Live Oak cemetary, which does not appear to be maintained (at least not very well). This is sad.
In other news, over the past few weeks I have had the opportunity to volunteer at the Disciples of Christ Historical Society. I’ve been helping my friend, Mac Ice, sort through several boxes of church bulletins from a variety of NI churches of Christ in Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee (and other places), primarily from the late 1970s and into the 1980s. It has inspired me to do some topical research, now that the appropriate tools are available. More on that soon.
I’m taking one class this summer: 1/2 Corinthians. That starts in a couple of weeks and I’m very excited about it (I’m already planning an exegesis paper on 1 Corinthians 11.2-16).