Reverend E Lee Chattin has died, at age 87

06/23/08 - Piper at the funeral

I’ve just gotten back from my father- in-law’s funeral outside Richmond, VA. He was a warm and generous man, a retired Methodist minister of 60 years in the pulpit, and the blessing of his passing was that it was brief, he was not in pain very long, and he died peacefully at home with his daughters beside him. His family has a Scottish heritage, (Clan Chattin) so it was only fitting that he be piped out in style.

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HerstoryVA website is now online!

Earlier this year we went to the Herstory Conference near Harrisonburg, VA. This is a women’s conference connected to the Shenandoah Presbytery and has been held annually since 1994.

Emma had been asked to do a workshop and speak on diversity, but we took the weekend as a mini-vacation and really had a great time there. Its held at Massanetta Springs Conference Center an absolutely gorgeous retreat center

Unfortunately, my annual winter cold hit on Saturday (which turned into bronchitis as soon as I got home) so I missed what was one of the more interesting worship services and discussion sessions, but I plan to attend again next year!

Interestingly enough, I got an email 2 weeks ago asking if I’d help them move and update their website, in preparation for next year. Because I enjoyed it so, I really wanted to give something back, so … http://www.herstoryva.org/

What is there now is just their previous site updated to CSS standard (for accessibility) and copied to a new domain. But I do plan to do more in the way of upgrades when I have some time.

Children of Abraham unite?

Last night we had an interesting evening. Emma heard that the Washington Hebrew Congregation was having a special presentation of the Whirling Dervishes of Rumi – a special Sufi sect from Turkey. Ticket sales were open to the entire community – what a diverse crowd – and what a presentation!

03/17/07 - Happy St Patrick's Day at the WHC
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MCCBR – ShenVal Extension!

beautiful view from outside the church

Reverend Emma in the pulpit!

View of the case of gear I used for church and movie audio

View of the ipod showing 4 playlists used for church audio
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Sunday October 1 … that was the first service for the group meeting to consider the possibility of one day having an MCC in the Harrisonburg area of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

Roanoke Pride 2006

Watergardens in the sidwalk at Elmwood park

Rev Emma reading scripture
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Sept 17 we drove down to Roanoke, VA to become members of MCC of the Blue Ridge (MCCBR).
This was an important part of the process of Emma starting a new church in Harrisonburg, VA – MCCBR would be the “host church”, overseeing the financial side (tracking tithes and contributions, writing checks from that fund for rental space, etc) … and we were looking forward to this also because it was Pride Sunday in Elmwood Park in Roanoke and the Sunday service was to be held outdoors in the park.

Rev Janet Avery

Sunny day inside MCC DC

Rev Emma left, Rev Janet Avery on the right
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I always loved the style of MCC DC – such a wonderfully open space, full of light, and with that huge tree behind the altar and cross …

We had been invited to the ordination service for our friend Janet Avery, what a great day it was.!

MCC of the Blue Ridge, Roanoke

One of the results of Emma’s ordination last year is that she is asked to come preach at various MCC churches around the area. She had been invited to preach at the MCC in Roanoke, so we drove out Route 66, got on I-81 and headed south. Its 240m miles one-way, but our 2000 Civic Si does great on the highway, so a bit over 3 hours later, we pulled into town.

MCC of the Blue Ridge (MCCBR) was holding church in a store front facility until a local Methodist church went on the market and though a bold plan and a lot of “god’s blessings”, they found themselves the owner of this glorious old church building.

Exterior View of MCC of the Blue Ridge in Roanoke VA
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MCC Ordination Service

I just got back from a weekend in Richmond, Virginia. After 5 years of work, study and practice, my partner Emma was ordained as a Reverend in the Metropolitan Community Church.

It was a very significant weekend for me, my dad expressed an interest in seeing her service, and by going to Richmond, he’d get a chance to meet Emma’s parents as well, who he’s never met, due to their poor health and inabilty to travel.

One of the neat things is that Emma’s dad had been a Methodist Minister most of his life – he retired a few years ago after preaching for 50 years. Her uncle is also a retired Methodist Minister, so Emma going into the ministry was following in a family tradition. (Yeah – she’s a PK – Preacher’s Kid)…


Bagpiper on the steps on MCC Ricmond

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Considering that Emma’s family is of Scottish descent,
what kind of a service would it be without a piper?

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Beginning a new Journey

My partner Emma has reached the end of her training and waiting – on August 28th, on her birthday, she becomes ordained as a full Reverend in the Metropolitan Community Church. Its a real big deal to both of us, and to her family, who are travelling for the occasion. We’re also having some MCC pastors and elders travelling in from a distance. Rev Elder Darlene Garner (who was the pastor when we joined MCC NoVA back in 1996) is flying in from Monterrey Mexico, and some other surprises are expected. Even my Dad is coming to see the service, and he’s not regular church-going folks!

As you might imagine, I’ll be away from the computer most of the weekend. My hands will be busy with family and guests and such – – but I’ll post pictures once I have them.