I saw the most wonderful display in front of a church as I drove down University Blvd today. Not a creche, no lights, no crosses, no Santas or reindeer. Just:
a ramp under construction. St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church is building a beautiful ramp in front of their church building. No back entrances here; nothing ad hoc or flimsy. They’ve given over the front lawn of the church to a cut-back concrete ramp, lined with brick to match the building.
I was very moved by the message of inclusion that this collection of concrete and bricks and construction equipment sent especially at the time of year when there is generally so much hand-wringing about Christmas displays.* Sometimes the simplest things speak the most eloquently. It’s is even more moving, I think, because the ADA does not require churches to be accessible, so this likely reflects a simple decision that everyone should feel and be invited to worship.
Because ramps are fun to do in panorama:
* You know, the creche; the creche + menorah to show that we’re ecumenical; the creche + menorah-even-when-Chanukah-was-over-two-weeks-ago to show that we’re ecumenical but sort of clueless; the creche + menorah + Santa Claus to show that we’re not really religious, just seasonal; and of course the creche + menorah + flying spaghetti monster just because we can.