Date with a Nun

dominican sisters

I love a nun!  We were out to dinner last evening and I kissed her and sat close.

We touched hands as we laughed and talked about our lives, our work and the state of affairs. . .in politics, the news, the world, in religion.  We toasted with our glasses of beer.

Oh, I forgot to mention!  Across from us at the table was my nun’s bestfriend in the world (and an old friend of mine), a woman who has been a leader in the Jewish community for years.

Oh, almost forgot again!  Next to her sat a Presbyterian Minister who has publically honored these two ladies as “Visionaries,”

and who happens to be My Wife!

Now that you have that clear, I can tell you that my dear nun friend is a Dominican Sister who, like her Jewish friend, is going strong at 80+ years young.

Got the picture?

Mr. Secular, at table, on a “date,” with three activist women:  Catholic, Jewish and Protestant.  A dinner to enjoy!

During the conversation, as we were discussing subjects of justice dear to all of us (healthy children, refugees, senior housing, gay rights, Israel and Palestine, etc), I made the comment that it might do us good, as a world, to put divisive beliefs aside sometimes, to focus on the common work we need to do for justice, for peaceful coexistence, for clean water, for the land, for the children.  All of us nodded in agreement with that.

Where are you finding nods of agreement?

I love this nun!



6 thoughts on “Date with a Nun

  1. This is what secular, humanist living is about. Not a begrudging tolerance, but an open acceptance, we’re human, and we’ve got stuff to do, people to love and care for…and a world to build.

    AwesomeNess!! Chris! Thanks for being an example.

    1. Appreciate the supportive comment, Emil. If we heard more stories of friendships and partnerships across artificial borders, we might be more creative and constructive.

      1. I think too many atheist forums seem to encourage division, rather than acceptance. I have many friends who follow varying beliefs, but that doesn’t change that they have value and are great influences in my life.
        Human culture is a wonder, and religion add a cultural artifact is interesting and I adds colour to society. While many others gain some strength to makeit through the long days from following a religion.
        I believe in the good that exists in all things, despite the loudness of divisive agents.

  2. Is your date in the photo? Hopefully one of the Nuns on the top row with one of those winged hats! Your posts and stories are great reminders that we can be a bundle of seeming “contradictions” and labels but always first we are humans by nature and in our common humanity.

    1. Thanks Scott. She wasn’t in the convent yet and I don’t believe she owns one of the flying nun hats! Common humanity. . .not so bad to emphasize and work for that, is it? Go strong in your skepticism!

  3. Well said, Emil. Spending our days building walls, fences and borders (physical and mental) seems quite pointless. Every past and current war seems to be all about “defending our walls.” Childish. Deadly, and childish.

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