with fellow soprano Christina Stevens at Christ Church

with fellow soprano Christina Stevens at Christ Church

Christ Church was packed on Sunday, in observance of Remembrance Day, and everyone was wearing poppies. (This took me back to making poppies as a child, when my grandfather was active in the American Legion and my mother and grandmother were busy with the American Legion Auxiliary. My grandfather was a veteran of WWI himself, a pilot, whose back was injured and health permanently damaged by exposure to mustard gas. I only recently realized that his young death in his early 60s was no doubt due to this exposure.) The British Ambassador to Austria read a lesson, and our Chaplain Patrick gave a truly excellent sermon on learning peace from remembering the horrors of war, ending with a poem by Siegfried Sassoon. Christ Church’s role in aiding Jews to escape Vienna in 1938 was mentioned again as well. Following the service, we were all invited to a posh reception at the British Embassy, where a friend took this photo. (No, Christina is not Margaret Thatcher – but she has all of the Iron Lady’s manners, determination – and sense of humor!)

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Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychology and Religion, Union Theological Seminary, New York NY
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