Just noting a few adventures in marriage.
First, the black couple who, despite being members of Crystal Springs First Baptist Church, were married in another church when their pastor bowed to pressure from a supposed minority of white members. Under the withering disapproval of the world (pretty much) the mayor, the community relations director, and much of the town held a “hands-together” public event to demonstrate unity, solidarity, and such.
It’s in the nature of politics that a vocal insurgent minority can take over a community, demanding it hold to the values of that minority. (For Catholics, consider MR3.) The big mouths in any group often cast big shadows over the rest and color all perceptions. Fortunately, Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson seem open to reconciliation in that church. Church members have reached out, those who were ignorant of the machinations behind their backs.
The Rev. Stan Weatherford, who has been at the epicenter of criticism and controversy for his decision to appease a small group of congregation members by marrying the Wilsons at a nearby church rather than his own, stood before Crystal Springs community members as they joined hands, bowed their heads and prayed in silence.
Weatherford then joined members of his church as part of a community prayer walk around Crystal Springs’ downtown area.
Don’t know Rev Weatherford, and I wonder what his lobbyists are thinking and saying by his defection to the other side.
Some say marriage is under unprecedented attack, but it seems pretty resilient in these two stories.