Monday, June 27, 2016

A Celebration of the Life of Bettye Jayne French

A Celebration of the Life of Bettye Jayne French will be held at St. Alban's on Wednesday, June 29, 2016.

Visitation with the family will be from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon in the church and  McLean Hall. The Burial of the Dead: Rite Two with Holy Eucharist will follow at 12:00 noon in the church and the committal will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Calhoun, Louisiana.

Please join us!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

St. Alban's Day


Today is our day! Read all about it here on The Lectionary website. Archdeacon Bette Jo Kauffman will read Evening Prayer tonight at St. Alban's at 5:30 p.m. and remember our patron saint.

"No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends." - John 15:13,New Revised Standard Version

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Surf Shack V.B.S. Dates



The folks at the Episcopal Church's in Monroe and West Monroe - Grace Episcopal Church, St. Alban's, St.Patrick's, and St. Thomas' will work together again to host Vacation Bible School

Save the dates for our Surf Shack V.B.S. - July 17-21, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. held at St. Alban's this year! Look for more information soon!

Today's Sermon by Bishop Jake

Bishop Jake's sermon for the day at St. Alban's - along with a link to his blog! JAKEOWENSBY.COM

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Bishop Jake at St. Alban's

Bishop, Confirmation, Communion, and Picnic Potluck in the parish hall tomorrow. We will have early Eucharist at 8:30 a.m. and the Bishop will join us at 10:30 a.m. We will gather following the liturgy for lunch and fellowship. See you there!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Green Pastures


This morning I happened on to a showing of The Green Pastures, being aired on TCM (Turner Classic Movies). What a movie! The film was produced by Warner Brothers and release in 1936 with an entirely black cast. The movie enacts The Old Testament Bible stories as imagined by rural black children in Louisiana, as they are hearing them read by their Sunday School teacher. It was based on based on Marc Connelly's folk-themed Pulitzer Prize-winning play.


The movie begins in a small African American church, generations ago, in the deep south. As the Sunday School teacher teaches and reads the Bible stories we are transported (by the children’s imagination) to Heaven to witness the Creation, the Banishment from the Garden of Eden, the Flood, and the Exodus. An all-black cast, speaking in the rural idiom, and set in modern day -1930s - surroundings. In heaven, the angels are a Gospel Choir!

Yes – its images and characters are very stereotypical and very out-of-place by the standards of our day (think about how the African American slaves are portrayed in Gone with the Wind – for an idea). This is an aspect of the movie that any modern viewer of the film must wrestle with and examine...

Yet, it is the images and power of the stories (imagined literally), through the eyes of these poor, country children in the “visual language” or their time and place, that is SO powerful! The story of how God’s children are created, make poor choices, interact with God, wind up enslaved and are led to freedom by "Da Lawd" and Moses, as seen in rural southern imagery, is extremely powerful and prophetically provocative! The images, dialects, and characters are rooted in a particular time and place, but transcend time and place in a way that makes the Bible fresh and alive. In the Noah story – one of the zebras is clearly a mule with painted stripes! Just as children, who had never seen a zebra, might imagine one.


I have never seen anything like it. It reminds me so much of Clarence Jordan’s, Cotton Patch Gospel, which tells the Good News of Jesus as set in the rural south in the midst of the civil rights movement! Jordan’s books use the phrase, “the Jesus movement,” which is a favorite of the Episcopal Church’s new Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry.

Check it out and let me know what you think. You will find yourself (I imagine), shocked, embarrassed, provoked to thought and wonder, deeply moved and inspired! It is like “reading” the Bible again – as if for the first time. Let the Fish Fry proceed!