whales accompanied me to Cleveland this week for our big national church
meeting, General Synod, United Church of Christ, 2000 folks. They did not have to swim – I put them in a ziplock bag and
the TSA folks didn’t seem
even to notice them in my bag.
I gave them
away in the exhibit hall and workshops and after worship, and they are now on
their way home with UCC folks all across the nation, spreading the good news of
our Blue Theology Mission Station adult retreats and youth mission trips, and
our new website <bluetheology.com>, promoting ocean stewardship and
Have you ever
come home from a conference with lots of flyers and brochures and then just
thrown them out? We wanted a
different way to get people’s
attention and curiosity. Later this month more hundreds of whales will travel
to the big Disciples of Christ (DOC) meeting in Columbus.
mammals were actually once land mammals, before the shifting landmasses and
melting glaciers enticed them back to their native sea – that’s
why they still breathe air and nurse their young and have vestigial
fingers. I wonder if these whales
have racial memories of when Ohio was a primeval seabed.
I was the one
who came up with the idea of handing out origami whales, but I cannot take
credit for folding and stamping them all.
That honor belongs to my daughter Norah, whom I initially consulted just
for designs, since she is an origami whiz. But like a migrating whale determined to make it home for
summer feeding, Norah started folding this spring wherever she went: on long
road trips, enlisting friends at neighborhood potlucks, even at a gathering of
her new in laws, she taught her new brother in law and father in law the simple
design; thanks Henry and Steve!
and friends, for folding and stamping 800 origami Blue Theology whales.
and DOC folks who are giving the whales a new home in churches across the
nation and spreading the glad tidings of Blue Theology.
Let me know
if you want your own. They are light, pack easily, and love to travel.