Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Some time when I was a kid I found in our garden near the orange tree in the back yard a rusty old button that said, "I like Ike even better."

My dad was there, gardening, and he explained to me what it was.

Besides starting a long project of collecting campaign memorabilia, up through the evening of the California primary in 1968, it stuck in my mind as an image.

Now it seems to have another meaning.

We have long lived with an Eisenhower-era model of the church.

We cannot last the course much longer if we just try to string it out - to maintain the legacy as it were in a time capsule (remember those?) - we have to have a living church with a living future.

We draw deep on roots of the past. We just cannot live there.


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