I am back from a very interesting and fruitful conference. It was good to catch up with colleagues and friends. I enjoyed in particular the input from the chaplain. Well done Iain. The weather in St Andrews was ‘great’, with mixed ‘blessings” (whatever you consider a blessing to be in this context); typically though, it rained the day we had the afternoon off.
I joined a few of my friends, when the weather permitted, during our limited free time, walking through the town and almost always we managed to end up in a pub (or in the local Tesco). Well, what can you do in such a small city?! For our ONE afternoon off we planned to go ‘putting’ but, as it often happens here, it was raining and instead we went for a walk by the harbour.
As I was catching up with news and emails this evening (by the time this is published it will be yesterday), a particular headline in an email from Ekklesia caught my attention: “Woman prosecutes art centre over ‘lewd’ Jesus statue“. Basically some lawyers for Ms Emily Mapfuwa, a Christian woman from London, launched a private prosecution against an art gallery in Gateshead, for showing a statue of Jesus, by a maverick Chinese artist Terence Koh, which she claims is blasphemous (the statue, not the artist, thank goodness). A picture of the guilty statue can be seen here (I would post it here but I feel it is ‘lewd’, and don’t want to be sued). If you really want to see it just press that link! . Since I posted the original post I got some feedback, so here is the photo. (added 8.09.08)
This reminded me that earlier in the morning as I was powering up my computer I caught a glimpse of an headline in the Scottish Catholic Observer bemoaning the fact that the church is becoming increasingly ridiculed by people from more and more quarters of our society. I wonder why?