GENERAL CONVENTION 2003
WHALE RIDER (7/6/03) - the film
I went to
see the movie Whale Rider last night, and commend it to the list
as a parable of some of what we are wrestling with this General Convention.
The film opens with the birth of twins; the girl lives, the boy and mother
die. The grandfather, who comes from a long line of Maori (I believe)
chiefs, is clearly disappointed, because he was intent on having a grandson
to whom he could teach the great traditions. Despite her eagerness and
aptitude for learning these same traditions, the granddaughter is excluded
because she is not a boy.
to transformation is beautifully told (yes, bring Kleenex).
It reminded me of something one of my mentors used to preach: tradition is
not wearing great-grandmother's christening dress; tradition is getting
baptized --Sherman Hesselgrave Oregon C3
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