Monday, July 5, 2010

I Stilt By Faith and Not By Sight

Here's something you may not know about stilts: When you're on them, you can't stop moving your feet. Not even for a couple seconds, or else you'll topple right over and getting back up will be a chore. Freddie and I spent the morning on 18" stilts having conversations with people and inviting them to our worship service tonight. And the number one question we were asked went along the lines of, "Why are you walking in place?" It came in just ahead of, "Is that as hard as it looks?" (The answer, by the way, is no, it's pretty easy once you get used to it. Here's a picture of me on my first day. My feet are a little more steady on the stilts today than they were on Friday!)

We started the morning hoping to hand out flyers inviting folks to our worship service, and we certainly did that and hope to have a great group of folks tonight, but we spent a good amount of time just wandering the exhibit hall, chatting with old friends and making new ones. When it came up, we'd explain to why we were here at GA and what our group does to promote justice and inclusion for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender brothers and sisters, but, most importantly, we were living our vision of the church: engaged in conversation, focused on hospitality, not taking itself too seriously, and (perhaps most of all) imbued with a hearty dose of laughter and a sense of fun.

If you saw me today on stilts, please come say hi while I'm on the ground and we continue our conversation. If we didn't get a chance to chat today, keep an eye out - we'll be back!

Daniel Williams

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