In a Canoe with the Christ

"In a Canoe with Christ" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward
“In a Canoe with Christ” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward




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  1. I once came up with a summer business of teaching vacation Bible school to children when their parents were at conferences (Christian marriage, or whatever). I did it with my friends in seminary and although I did all the organizing, I didn’t want to be the boss. One day we did a lesson in a pond with a canoe, and afterward, the couple who had come started arguing, and I said I wish I had never thought of the idea. We made a little money and it helped with the next semester. It is odd how getting along with the idea of no one being boss bothered this couple. They wanted me to let the man be the boss, even though it was my idea and my books, and my connections that availed us of the opportunity for the weekend of vacation Bible school instead of children being in front of a television. That was the last time I was involved with VBS for 10 years. I did it again at Cecil Field for the Navy. I answered an ad and the priest said that the ad had to be changed and that there was no salary. I did it anyway and I regret showing up. I learned a lot, there was no canoe, and one of the Baptist chaplain’s daughter announced her pregnancy at the age of 15. I still believe they could have paid me. Maybe I made a difference in the lives of the children. Sexism is legal in churches and skirted in the military. People figure ways to be sexist no matter where, because discrimination runs strong with people.

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