A similar post, like Wednesday’s. Musing on a reality that “might ought could” (as we say in the South) be examined, even challenged. Is it practically possible, say, in a larger city or even a large college town, to pastor a church without a car? I’m not sure it is. It assumes your home, church… Continue reading A pastor without a car?
So, my husband and I rode to the eastern terminus of the Washington Metro Silver Line on opening day yesterday. This is the first new subway — really, an elevated line — since 1991, and it goes through and past Tysons Corner, a local byword for big shopping malls, wide highways and mammoth office blocks.… Continue reading Silver Line opens; new way to Dulles Airport
Dear readers: A bleg: blog beg. Any ideas for an inexpensive guest house or hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts near Harvard or Mt. Auburn Cemetery? I have a day coming where I can look some things up in the Universalist archives, and visit the graves of Hosea Ballou and John Murray. One to satisfy some questions… Continue reading Bleg: inexpensive guest house or hotel near Harvard
I love Universalist churches. I love streetcars. So nice that Providence, Rhode Island is planning to run a line very close to First Universalist (pastored by a friend of mine) a block from where Washington turns on Empire, according to this map and story at the Providence Journal site. Hope it works.
Greetings: the news about Irene and Vermont makes me want to visit the state for its history and charm. (Not particularly for leaf-peeping.) Is there a better time this fall to avoid the foliage hounds — or at least the prices — and towns with Universalist churches that a particularly charming. And with this caveat:… Continue reading Visiting Vermont: suggestions?
Pfft to James Joyce. Today is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the release of the third album by The Smiths, “The Queen Is Dead.” (Thanks to Sunlighters past and present for the info.) It’s hard to think of an album that makes as much a daily impact upon me. Gen-Xers, do I tell the truth? And… Continue reading The Queen Is Dead, Silver Jubilee
I saw this illuminated sign, announcing today’s scheduled rapture, in a D.C. Metro station about a month ago. It’s worth recalling in case someone tries to make too much of an ad campaign — say by atheists and sceptics — using the local public transportation system.
Today, D.C.’s transit hounds get what once thought impossible: the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA; “Metro”) is on Google Transit, a service that integrates maps and service schedules. It is available for dozens of other services worldwide. So now it’s possible to plot driving, walking and transit trips in the area. Other, smaller transit… Continue reading WMATA on Google Transit
The folk wisdom about getting to church is that people will go as far to a church as they will go to work. That makes commuting data important for church plants, but failing that assume that someone won’t take more than a half-hour to get there. There’s a new interesting tool that maps how far… Continue reading Commuting to church: D.C., elsewhere tool
The tourists are coming to Washington, D.C., and despite the recession I can imagine numbers will be high. Once you’re here and housed, it is a remarkably cheap place to visit with the leading destinations free to the public. So I have a request of local residents and recent visitors: what would you recommend to… Continue reading Visiting D.C.