I was able to engage folks when I first arrived and after the service at 59:22.
This was my first experience at a Quaker service, and girl was it a warm and welcoming one. I was fortunate enough soon after visiting to become Facebook friends with Alivia, Peggy, & Ashley, three of the Quaker ministers that I had the great fortune of meeting that Sunday.
Still one my favorite religious services thus far, the Friends enjoy beautiful guitar accompanied hymns and are free to speak as the spirit moves them. The chapel layout was brilliant and probably one of my favorite parts of the whole experience. Instead of having the pews facing a pulpit, the rows are set up facing each other!
The service began with a few hymns and then Alivia asked the gathered Friends what they were grateful for that day. After a bunch of folks shared some things that where on their heart, a prayer was said for all those who are in need. I time was then provided for quite reflection, followed by a recording of the ministry of Ashley, which unlike a “conferring”, is a recognition of the gift of ministry already in Ashley. Some of the Friends then shared what they felt compelled to with the congregation. The question was then asked a few minutes later if all hearts are clear, and then a closing prayer was offered.
Following the service some refreshments were served and I got to spend almost forty minutes conversing with the Friends while sharing my experiences and thoughts on religion and politics. A short time later I learned that Peggy posted on her blog about my visit and even referred to me as the Mormon Jesus. I can’t wait to fellowship with them again!
I began cross-dressing to religious meetinghouses of all sorts after learning of some Mormon women who received death threats for starting an event called ‘Wear Pants to Church Day.’ Having since recorded over 70 services, most of which have been different religious denominations, I continue to advocate for critical thought as I stand for the marginalized and underrepresented. Although the LDS church has officially excommunicated and tried to ban me from their property, there were a few wards that seemed glad to have me in their midst and thankfully nearly every other religious community I’ve visited has been at least tolerant, if not warm and welcoming when I visit.
As I continue Kaufmaning Jesus, I hope to inspire the people of the United States to emulate the leaders they revere and think critically about the leaders they select to represent them; if Americans continue to autovote for Dempublicans who are beholden primarily to moneyed interests, we will continue to see our nation spiral out of control as we allow our planet to become uninhabitable and bombs to fall on the heads of our fellow humans. We must vote 3rd party unless our incumbent representative is really that amazing, and demand electoral reform as a requirement for our representatives’ to maintain their job security.