Sunday, September 24, 2006

It’s Sunday morning and the faithful have gathered. The current series of messages at Hometown Friends Church has to do with characteristics of people who follow Jesus. Today it is “Jesus people . . . practice honesty.” Quakers used to have an enviable record on telling it straight.

My mind went back four days. The sun was getting close to the horizon out past the Washington Monument. Delegates to Celebration on the Hill from all over the country had spent the afternoon contacting all the Senators and the Representatives in Congress asking them to sign the 2015 Pledge (a national challenge goal of eliminating suffering and death due to cancer by the year 2015). Cindy and I were walking around the huge rectangle of state tents on the Washington Mall getting a look at most of the state boards showing results from their contacts. At the Washington state tent we noted that Senator Patty Murray had not signed the 2015 Pledge. This didn’t match our understanding of who Patty Murray is and what she stands for. Two women from Washington were sitting there, so we asked them. They said Patty Murray doesn’t sign pledges. She thinks her word and her record is enough.


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