- 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 Fitzgerald.
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 ordained.
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!