So the East Coast had a rare earthquake. The shock was of a aren’t we not supposed to have those? kind; the damage seems mainly restricted to masonry and stonework. (Though I don’t envy the bills for repairs to the Episcopalian’s cathedral or the Washington Monument.)

I ducked under my desk at the office for twenty second or a half minute. Coming home later, this was all the “damage” I discovered. The head of an Ethiopian processional cross — wobbly at the best of times — fell from my bookshelf in front of various Universalist titles. It has since been restored to its place of honor.

fallen cross and bookcase

Thanks to those who asked after my welfare. I hope we make out so well with Hurricane Irene.

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.

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