Today I went to the Episcopal Cathedral on Tremont Street to give a talk for the MA Bible Society. I felt a rush of familiarity the moment I stepped into the hallway since I was raised as an Episcopalian. The first poster on the wall said, “Welcome. In the Episcopal Church there is room to question your beliefs.” or something to that effect. Nice looking collared people smiled at me as they went past. Bishop Harris happened to be there for a luncheon and I got to shake her hand. I felt like I had just met Bono.
When it was time for me to talk, my audience smiled at me encouragingly. They already knew the Bible story, so I could focus on the important ideas in the book. But perhaps my favorite part of all was that Anne Robertson, the Methodist minister who runs the Bible Society, started the proceedings with a prayer. I wish that all my talks could begin with our heads bowed in reflection. That is a very good way to start. For me and the audience.