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He Said What?

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Written by Basil on 03/19/2005 4:19 PM. Filed under:


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My jaw dropped. I thought, “I must be reading about another parish. My priest would have never said that!

“The Orthodox are big on ethnic festivals,” Rucker noted.

“We look forward to hosting a bluegrass music festival on that hill someday,” he adds enthusiastically.

I guess if you fight passionately for something long enough, even your priest has to buckle under.

There is also an article on Fr. David’s pilgrimage to Orthodoxy.

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7 Responses to “He Said What?”

  1. sockmonk Says:

    I’m not sure what you mean by “buckling under.” His past objection to ethnic festivals has only been to their use as the primary source of funding for a parish’s general budget, instead of relying on tithes from the parish’s faithful. I don’t believe he’s changed his opinion on that subject at all.

    And as with any quote selected by a journalist, we don’t know what the surrounding context of the quote was or how he might have qualified that statement. The articles contain just brief excerpts from a two hour long interview.

  2. Basil Says:

    In principle, he supports festivals and fairs, as long as they are not a main source of income for the general fund. In actuality, he has been opposed to every single one that has ever been suggested. A festival for Independence Day? No. A booth for the Jessamine County Fair? No. So, for him to say this to a reporter knowing that it would probably be quoted for an article… Well, it’s surprising. I’m not holding my breath for a bluegrass festival, I will tell you that.

  3. pete Says:

    It’s too bad, then. A bluegrass festival might actually motivate someone like me to visit.

  4. Basil Says:

    Pete, I’d look for it in 10-15 years, after there’s no chance that the money could be used to pay for the building or even appear to have paid for the building, when the parish has so much revenue from tithes that we can pay for a bluegrass festival with a headlining act and not charge money for tickets. Sort of “Blues, Brews, and Barbecue” for anyone who wants to come. Hopefully by then, it will be charity and public relations with no hope of revenue, so he’ll finally give in.

  5. pete Says:

    Well, I should add the caveat that although I’d be more likely to visit because of a bluegrass festival, my wife would be less likely to visit for the same reason!

    Ah yes, we complement each other…

  6. Josh Says:

    “Blues, Brews, and Barbecue” sounds pretty good right about now. :-)

  7. Victoria Says:

    I would do about anything NOT to have a bluegrass festival on our church land. Not to be inhospitable or anything, but it would create a mess that would make university football game tailgate parties look clean.

    Gosh, I sound cranky, don’t I?