Hope Church

To reassure visitors that they’re not traveling into a wilderness, Hope Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma posts periodic signs like the old Burma-Shave messages along the winding road up a heavily wooded hill:

IF YOU THINK YOU’RE LOST
PLEASE DON’T STOP
BECAUSE HOPE CHURCH
IS AT THE TOP!

I had been invited to give a talk that morning, so I persevered and reached the church, a lovely low building designed to blend into its rustic surroundings.

My talk was well received and I sold a satisfying number of books. Many of the comments were familiar: people (always women, what’s up with that?) were inspired to delve into their mother’s letters, or their aunt’s; some commented on how much easier it is today for a woman to have a career than it was in my mother’s day; and someone wondered what my next book will be. Spoiler alert: it will be a novel, set in the present.

After my 10:00 a.m. talk, I stayed for the service. The sermon was about the rights of children. Imagine, the minister urged, what the world looks like from the viewpoint of a small child. I thought about unreachable door handles and the undersides of tables.

Finally, coffee and cookies. Nice people and a pleasant morning.

2 Comments:

  1. This week I finished your book on plane on way to Jacksonville Florida to visit Greg. It was most interesting. I have given it a lot of thought and look forward to talking with you about it – hopefully soon. The format was easy to follow and I found it hard to put aside once I started to read. It has lead to discussions with my close Jewish friends who visited Israel last summer. They will now read it too!

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