February 17, 2017
Dear St. Stephen’s Family and Friends,
Are you a television watcher these days? Do you binge at all? Well I confess that I am and I do. Lately my enjoyment has been the series The Crown, which looks at the life of Queen Elizabeth from before her coronation forward in time. The first series ends in the 1950’s and the world was certainly a different place then. My curiosity about this series was particularly high because of the incredible ratings it has received and the acclaim from the Golden Globe Awards. My curiosity was also piqued because I’m an Episcopalian/Anglican. So armed with expectation I took the plunge and have been on a fantastic historical, insightful, interesting, emotional ride ever since.
This series captures many of the challenges of humanity, human behavior and relationships. We experience the loneliness of Elizabeth as she chooses to live as the monarch more than as herself. We see the sacrifice of personal love in search of a perceived cultural expectation or greater good. The watcher also witnesses the courage of leadership, the futility of aging, and the pleasure found in order and discipline. I’m reminded in this series of the challenges we all have to be authentic and reduce hypocrisy. Hypocrisy is simply the gap between what we know ourselves to be on the inside and what we present on the outside. We’re all hypocritical: the question centers on how wide is the gap. We all are in need of grace; even more so those in positions of authority and influence. And episode 9, which explores in depth Winston Churchill turning 80, is simply some of the best historical drama on television. As the snow and cold continue to keep us waiting for spring, treat yourself to some good history and entertainment for the entire family on Netflix.
See you at the Variety Show on Saturday. And see you in Church on Sunday.
Love and blessings,