- By law, JUBILEE! is a church. By name, we’re a community.
- Traditionally, churches promote religion. JUBILEE! promotes life.
- Religion is organized. JUBILEE! is, well…
- Religions are institutional. At JUBILEE!, a few of us should be institutionalized.
“Early religions” writes the Reverend Tom Robbins, “were like muddy ponds with lots of
foliage. Concealed there, the fish of the soul could splash and feed.” By that definition,
JUBILEE! is more of an early religion – a muddy pond, albeit a refreshing muddy pond where
thousands of soul fish have splashed and fed over the years. Be that as it may, as un-religious
as we seem, we still do religious things. We simply don’t do them religiously.
We still sing some hymns, for example; but we often put them to a reggae beat. We
offer prayers; but we don’t dictate the proper way to do it. Rather than, “Amen,” we say, “Oh
Yeah!” Rather than trying to answer life’s questions, we keep asking more. Our official salute is
a shoulder-shrugging, “Dunno.” And our sermons/homilies/meditations are almost always
coupled with the likes of Jimmy Buffett, Imagine Dragons, Mumford & Sons, Bette Midler or Ella
On June 10, at 7 pm, JUBILEE! will be doing the churchiest of churchy things. We will
ordain seven new JUBILEE! ministers. Yes, Seven! And three of them have been on staff at
Jubilee! for years. This ordination is to honor them and recognize their ministry.
Ordination, by definition, is “the process by which individuals are consecrated, that is, set
apart to perform various religious rites and ceremonies.” Don’t that just sound like a barrel of
laughs? But… in true JUBILEE! style, at our ordination, there will be substantial giddiness going
on. OK, first the terms:
Ordinand – the person who is a candidate for ordination
Ordinals – sounds like an orderly place to urinate.
Au contraire! Ordinal is the liturgy – the rite or ceremony by which ordinands become
Ordination – what happens to the ordinands when the ordinals are said and done
So who are our ordinands?
- Daniel Barber, Minister of Music
- Barbara Brady, Minister of Teaching
- Jacquelyn Dobrinska, Minister of Community Connection
- Yona Frenchhawk, Minister of Native American Ritual
- Vicki Garlock, Minister of Education
- Justin Martin, Minister of Ritual
- Cathryn Davis Zommer, Minister of Dance
Our ordinals begin with a drum circle in the Wall Street Courtyard (in front of the climbing
wall), at 6:45 p.m. We will process in with Highland Pipes and off we go. We’ll be singing,
dancing, drumming, feeding the hungry, calling the directions and celebrating the expansion of
JUBILEE! Ministries in the world. All in all, it’ll be a celebration. A big, honkin’ JUBILEE!
Celebration with a party afterwards.
And here’s the kicker: Traditionally, in an ordination, there’s a bishop or some Ecclesiastical
Poobah who lays hands on the ordinands as a consecration. Since we are a community, at our
ordination, the community will do the laying on of hands. And what we want to pass on to our
new ministers is a profound and giddy awareness that The Main Thing is to Keep The Main
Thing The Main Thing. Oh Yeah!
The Few, the Proud…the Jubilee! Cleaning Team
Twice a year, a small group of dedicated Jubilants gather to work their magic! On Saturday, May 12th, if you
were a fly on the wall you might have seen Kathy Busse wiping out the refrigerators in our kitchen while her
husband, John, washed the windows on Patton Avenue. Or, you might have seen Ray Raymond blowing debris
from the sidewalks on Wall Street and Patton Avenue. A few minutes later you might have seen him pulling dead
leaves from our plants in the entry areas. Or, surely you would have seen Genevieve Fortuna running the vacuum
on the choir risers or spot cleaning the carpet. If you flew in the right direction, you would have definitely seen
Barbara Vandervate cleaning the prayer alcove or Doug Sherry changing batteries in the clocks in the Nurture
Center or vacuuming the air return ducts in many rooms in the building. If you flew into the bathrooms, you would
have seen Ronnie Sweeton wiping the mirrors or scrubbing the sinks and faucets. And, finally, you couldn’t miss
Ron Katz cleaning the glass on our Wall Street windows. All of these folks are dedicated to keeping Jubilee! fresh
and clean. Also, they are saving our Community substantial dollars which would have been spent paying a cleaning
service. Thank you, Cleaning Team. We appreciate your good work.
The First Chat ‘n Snack of the Summer Coming Soon…Monday, June 4, 6—8 pm
You are invited to participate in the Jubilee! Summer Chat ‘n Snacks at Hanger Hall (31 Park Avenue, North,
Asheville, 28801) from 6—8 pm. We will gather around the pool to swim, enjoy potluck foods, dance and enjoy each
other’s company. Wear your swim suit if you want to swim, bring your own towel and finger food to share. Chat ‘n
Snacks are a perfect venue for meeting other Jubilants and expanding your circle of friends. These summer events
are brought to you by the Jubilee! Teams—the first by the Singers. A donation of $5 per adult to cover the cost of the
band is asked. Children are free.
Other events are set for Sundays, July 8th and Sunday, August 19th. Additionally, we are asking that everyone bring
their own plates, cups and eating utensils to avoid the overuse of plastic—it’s for the good of our environment!
Get on the Path to Membership…Now Scheduled for Wednesday, June 20 th , 6 – 8 pm
Learn more about this amazing community and get on the path to membership. Join us for Pathways at
Hanger Hall (31 Park Avenue, North 28801). You will learn about the history, values and culture of Jubilee! You will
hear about ways to get more involved and what it takes to be a member. Bring an appetizer to share. Participation is
limited to 20 folks. Sign up at the Welcome table on Sundays.
Starting a New Book
It’s not too late to join!
Jubilee’sBook Group meets on Mondays from 1:30 to 3 pm in the Hospitality Room, and we are always eager to welcome
new members. On Monday, May 21st we began discussion of Real Magic: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science and a Guide to
the Secret Power of the Universe, by Dean Radin. In this newly released book “Radin paves the road to new scientific horizons.
Based on 40 years of conducting controlled laboratory studies, he argues that magic is a natural aspect of reality that everyone is
capable of tapping into.” Questions? Call Gretchen Henn, (207) 318-7108. The discussion has just begun.
Do You Have an Old Car that Needs a New Home?
Imagine how difficult your life would be without a car! Working Wheels repairs and recycles donated cars, transforming them
into working wheels for working families. The process is simple and the donation is tax deductible, plus your donation benefits local
nonprofits whose clients need these cars. We also need volunteer drivers and mechanics. To donate or volunteer, please call (828)
633-6888or go to our website www. workingwheelswnc. org. We appreciate your consideration.
A Financial Crisis
We just received an emergency email from Sarah Woodard, Director of the Jubilee House in Nicaragua who spoke at our
Celebrations on Easter Sunday. She writes, “As you may know, over the past few weeks Nicaragua has been in a state of unrest.
People suffering the most have been the families of those who died in the protests (47 confirmed dead); those injured (in the
hundreds); and the poor, who desperately need your help. In the past week we have had three delegations cancel suddenly. The
patients who come to our Nueva Vida clinic depend on these delegations to bring medicines. These sudden cancellations not only
affect our overall budget, but also break the cash flow needed for minimum balances as we go through the low donation months of
summer and fall.” Are you in a position to make a financial contribution?If so, please go to
Green Thumb Needed!
We are looking for a person with a green thumb to take over the care of the plants in our building. This would involve no more
that 30 minutes per week to water, fertilize and trim. One thing to note is that watering the plants in our Wall Street Entry area does
require a person to climb a ladder. All supplies will be provided. Questions? Want to give it a try? Contact Don Fortuna, our
Administrator, at [email protected] or (828) 252-5335.