Thursday, November 24, 2011
Thanksgiving at MCC Washington DC
Today, I visited MCC Washington (Metropolitan Community Church of Washington DC) for the first time since my mother’s passing at the end of 2010.
Reverend Dwayne Johnson gave the message.
At 1 PM, we held a sit-down Thanksgiving dinner, pot luck. But at least one turkey did not get a pardon.
One person was trying to recall the rules for table setting – it’s all in an Emily Post book from the 1940s, and our parents taught this to all of us. But these days, many of us have a lot less formality in our lives.
We had a lot of discussion about not so much gay issues but the total ineptitude of our Congress, where partisanship keeps it from getting anything done at all. That’s ironic in a year where DADT was finally formally repealed.
In the early 1990s, the church built the current open-viewed building on Ridge St. in Shaw. Rev. Larry Uhrig was the pastor then. Uhrig had run a paid editorial in the Blade “There is no better half” – on the importance of being one’s own person regardless of having a partner – that’s a message that doesn’t wear as well today in the retreat from hyperindividualism. Uhrig would pass away at the end of 1993, and I remember his memorial service at the Church on New Year’s Day 1994, when people from the Clinton administration came.
Previously, the church had met in a row house on M Street. I once played piano there for a couple services (being late once). On the movies blog, Sept. 14, 2007, there is a review of a short film “415 M St” by Stephanie Slewka, that played in DC Shorts that month, about the old property.
This past week’s Washington Blade (which I had missed until today because of the Texas trip) has a great op-ed by Kevin Naff, himself a Penn State alumus, on the scandal there, as well as coverage of the first Marine Corps ball with same-sex partners, and also of the political climate in Virginia. More to come.