The First Baptist Church of the City of Washington DC took a vote on its Discernment for inclusiveness after church today.
The vote, with three choices, dealt with whether members felt that inclusiveness on many issues in church ceremonies, including sexual orientation and gender identity, was consistent wit Christian teaching. An affirmative vote would presumably pave the way for same-sex marriage ceremonies in the church, as well as possibly recognizing same-sex couples as parents.
I grew up in this church. The current sanctuary building opened on Christmas Day, 1955, under Dr. Edward Pruden.
I visited the Catoctins, which are a separate ridge just east of the Blue Ridge, really technically the Piedmont, very old. I wanted to be a little fitter for a mandatory Medicare physical on Thursday.
I remember a Sierra Club hike on a rainy fall day in 1972, before “My Second Coming”. Catoctin Park is now managed by the National Park Service, but Cunningham Falls is a state park.
1 Thurmont overlook
2 Air raid sirens as I leave the overlook from the valley below
3 Police appear on the road, tell me this is their “second rescue” of the day
I made a quick day trip Monday (Labor Day, Sept. 4) down the Fort Valley, SW of Front Royal VA, off Route 55. This road (678) splits the Massanutten Mountain (highest point is Signal Knob about 3200 feet) into two ridges, with an impressive canyon.