Ray Bradbury's short story, All Summer in a Day, deals with the fictional human colonization of Venus, where it rains all day, every day. The story takes place in a class of nine-year-olds, most of whom can't even remember what it is like to see the sun. Only one child, Margot, has any recollection of her life on Earth, and clings to her memories of the sun. Because of her preoccupation with Earth and the sun, she is teased and ostracized by her classmates. They go so far as to lock her in a closet as a prank. But suddenly, sunlight breaks through the cloudy sky!
The word epiphany is from the Greek and refers to the experience of a sudden and amazing realization. Usually it’s applied to a scientific or philosophical/religious breakthrough, but it can apply in any situation in which a brilliant insight gives a person a different perspective on life or a problem s/he has been considering. For example, Archimedes’ famous shriek of “Eureka!” came as he was in the baths, contemplating yet again the difficulty of determining if a given mass would float.
Ron Love Mark Ellingsen Bob Ove Bonnie Bates Bill Thomas Frank Ramirez
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Imagine a worship service, a sharing of scripture and interpretation, that went on from dawn until midday. How would you respond? In many of our mainline churches a worship service that last more than an hour risks negative comments to the pastor. “Worship was too long.” “I have other things to do today.” “Can’t you try to keep worship to an hour?”
Some time ago there was a series of programmes on BBC 2 on the recent history of the Catholic Church. The series was called "Absolute Truth", and one programme looked at Catholicism in the developing parts of the world. It studied the work of liberation theologians in Latin America, particularly Leonardo Boff and Oscar Romero.