“A note about “Black Church 101”:
“My” church is racially diverse. Somehow our black singles pastor began giving “Black Church 101” lessons before he gets into his message when he guest preaches. The things we’ve learned focus on how to respond to the pastor when he’s preachin’ good: the hankie wave; the stand up, cross your arms, and shake your head like you smell gas to show that what the preacher’s saying is really right on; the shake your Bible in the air; and the shoe throw.
He warned us that today’s lesson was too advanced to try, but he’d show us anyway. I forgot what he called it, but as I recall it was a protective action taken when someone “gets the Spirit”. Think John Belushi in the black church scene in the Blues Brothers. The affected person starts moving and jumping, maybe hollering a little. In order to protect that person and others, about 3 other people join hands around the person to contain him, yet still allowing him the freedom to move. He used his wife and a couple of the other associate pastors to illustrate.”
Several things I liked about this: getting familiar with other forms of worship than what we are used to, building understanding of some lesser known Christian experiences, and the idea of this “embracing” of someone who is letting go of their self consciousness and letting them respond to the Spirit of God.
This was a sub-note in a reflective insight, which was a word in season to me.