From the Rector

Columbus Day

 © The Rev. Bob Hennagin, 2014

I am writing this on Monday, Columbus Day. We all know the story: Columbus sailed to the new world in the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria and “discovered” America, bringing European culture and religion to the continent we call home. It has always been a day when we celebrate our historic roots.

Having spent time in the Dominican Republic (where Columbus actually landed), I’ve seen a different perspective. Instead of celebrating our discovery, many native people call it the day of conquest. Along with European culture, this “discovery” brought a brutal subjugation of the native people.

I’m glad Europeans came to this continent. If they hadn’t, I’d probably not be here or at best I’d be speaking Dutch. Our European heritage has given us many great inventions and philosophies. At the same time, I recognize the tremendous cost to native culture and peoples that European settlement has caused.

You see, Columbus Day and what it represents, is both a celebration and a day of conquest. It celebrates the good, but must recognize the bad.

The recognizing of both is natural and applies to many things. There are, at least, two sides to each invention or achievement. What may be seen as positive progress by some may, in fact, be seen as a terrible setback to others. You see this often in the environment, building, exploration, and farming interests. And, you certainly see it in the political process.

What I’d like to propose is truth can usually be found on both sides of an issue. Seldom is one side always right and the other always wrong. The sad thing is we, all too often, demonize those who hold different views than we do.

In Colby’s Cub Scout den, there is one rule: always act with respect. It’s also in our baptismal covenant. If we respect others, ourselves and creation, we won’t demonize each other, and we recognize both sides of most arguments.

So, as we celebrate or mourn this Columbus Day, and as we go into the end run of the political season, let us remember our baptismal vow to respect the dignity of every person.


Church of the
Holy Comforter

2911 Woodley Road

Montgomery, Alabama 36111


Weekly Worship Schedule


9 a.m. - Adult Sunday School

10 a.m. - Holy Eucharist

11:15 a.m. - Youth Sunday School

Noon - Service with the Deaf Community every first and third Sunday


10 a.m. - Holy Eucharist

Bible Study following service

Church Office Hours

Monday - Thursday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Food Pantry Hours

Monday  - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday - 9 a.m. to Noon

We did this last year, so it’s a tradition. On Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, we will start our day with the Eucharist at 10 am. Following the service and a time for gathering and nibbling, we’ll have our parish Thanksgiving feast.

The church will provide the turkeys, you’ll provide everything else. We will need volunteers to cook the turkeys. We also need volunteers for set up and clean up. There will be a sign-up sheet on the office door to indicate how many people are coming and what you plan to bring so we don’t end up with no potatoes and 37 green-bean casseroles.

Also, if you would like to host a table you can. This means that you can decorate and set the table anyway you’d like and invite friends to join you. There’s a place on the sign-up sheet to reserve a table.

Not only is this a great way to spend the holiday with church friends, it is also a great way for our friends who may be celebrating alone to join our family. So, invite your friends to join us. There’s always enough food.

Thanksgiving at Holy Comforter

Church of the Holy Comforter

2911 Woodley Road, Montgomery, AL 36111


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