We haven’t heard from him for awhile. I hope he is OK.
Me too. I e-mailed him but haven’t heard back yet.
He’s in Rio.
Isn’t it interesting how Frank has caught our attention and affection? His articulate writing, his confession, his HIV gayness: he’s become one of Ed Veith’s Characters. Like tODD, like Organ Shoes, and the vast right wing conspiracy known as the Kerners. We’re Veith groupies, all.
Wow. It´s carnival here in Rio. I have spent the last few days avoiding some of what carnival represents (hedonism, drunkenness, debauchery). Going to church sunday where christ´s body and blood are (where true life is in that one Death where we find out life, and not the death of looking for life in dead things of this world) with a very few of the faithful on a pouring-down-rainy day.
I have also been trying to warmly and enthusiastically embrace the rest… diversity, fun, joy for life, incredible music and food, doing fun things just because…..
There have been a few americans visiting that the pastor of a neighbor church in copacabana has asked me to look after and show the city. One of my various charges were a 71 year old lovely couple. he a retired pastor, she an organist. They were raised in the LCMS and went to the ELCA during the seminex bruha. I showed her the new LCMS hymnal. She liked it. Shattered a few ideas of theirs about the LCMS I think. (a homo who is welcome in the LCMS they were surprised at this….) He bought my neighboring pastor Paulo a computer projector and some other generous things.
Monday I put them and my pastor Egon Starowski together and we had a 4 course meal hosted by my pastor and his beautiful university professor wife (incredible!). I played translator.
It was raining hard, and there was nothing open really at 8:30 in the morning after a carnival sunday, so I first had them over to my penthouse with a 190 degree view of rio and the christ redeemer statue. I baked my famous poppyseed torte with the walnut filling while we were waiting to go to my pastor´s house.
I had a house full of guys who were visiting from out of town for carnival (picture mattresses on the floor everywhere, and luggage in a loft with no bedrooms or privacy).
My friends were very taken with this older pious Lutheran couple and maybe became just a little more open minded about us Lutheran christians by spending time with them while I was baking my cake. They maybe helped me shatter a few stereotype about us for some unchurched. Was cool.
So thanks for your concern y’all.
Pray for the Lutheran Church in Brazil!
Thanks, Frank, for checking in. God bless you. God bless the church in Brazil.