Spirit of Italy - Milan, Oct. 3, 2007
Fifty members of the California-Nevada Annual Conference, led by Bishop Beverly Shamana, are currently engaged in Spirit of Italy 2007 – an inaugural event for the Conference as tour members visit 8-13 locales “to be stirred by God’s heart of creativity while building and deepening relationships as the Body of Christ,” in the words of the Bishop. Tour member are experiencing the art and architecture inspired by the Christian faith of
Among those taking part in this “spiritual journey of a lifetime” are Bruce Pettit, a member of the Conference Communications Commission, and Chuck Myer, who served as editor of the Connection. They agreed to file a series of stories about their experiences along the way. The first follows here.
By Bruce Pettit
We arrived in
We will be continuously going south on this trip. “The more south we go, the more we’ll hear people saying there is no need to be in such a rush,” we are told.
Our first stop in
Few people live in individual houses in
As we prepare to go into largely Catholic houses of worship as we travel south, some on this tour wondered whether it is still protocol for women to cover their heads. No, said Lorna. That all went out with Vatican II in 1962, she told us, when the church sought to be more relevant.
At Chiesa Evangelica Metodista, our afternoon stop (see accompanying story by Chuck Myer), we learn that music minister Ann Aldridge has to go to the U.S. to get decent sheet music for her choirs. Before Vatican II, she explained, only clergy and professional musicians could do music in church. Congregations never sang. “They had their Reformation 400 years late,” said Ann. Now they are permitted to sing, but they are still learning and it has not really caught on, so music is that is easy to sing is hard to come by.
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