Stay-Go-Be-Do #2

Post 34/2020 Monday 26 October My October surprise last week was not really a surprise. It was a continuation of discovering wonder in the out-of-doors. For the first time we walked around Waterford Wetlands, an area maintained for community use by Waterford Mennonite Church, south of town. (Featured image: Sandhill cranes at Boot Lake Nature Preserve)).

Waterford Wetlands, the pool the the church uses for baptisms.

In addition to our walk at Waterford Wetlands, we visited three Elkhart County Parks, Goshen City parks and, of course, the Greencroft Goshen campus. The air was crisp, the colors still vibrant, the leaves on the ground swirling with a swish, and some wildlife visible in the distance.

Interactions with the human family remained mostly confined to electronic media. Thank God for the wonder and means of bubble connections.

On Sunday we zoomed to take part in the 11 o’clock worship service at St Anta and All Saints in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, UK. We had the delight of waving to friends as they were ushered out at the end of the service. Later we joined by zoom the 11 o’clock Sojourners class at College Mennonite Church. It was a rich morning, followed by lunch at home and then a walk at Boot Lake Nature Preserve.

In addition to walk photos, I include at the end a few notes on the ancient history of the Electoral College.

Waterford Wetlands

Waterford Mennonite Church. The Wetlands include a seven-station contemplative prayer walk. The first station notes: “As you become involved with nature throughout this walk may you see with wonder, respect, and humility the creative work of God.”

Greencroft Goshen

Infrastructure work underway for phase 2 of Whispering Pines Court.

City of Goshen

Crossing that bisects the Goshen College campus. There’s a subway crossing, if you’re so inclined, and in a hurry. We were not in a hurry. Contentedly inclined to wait.

Bonneyville County Park

A socially-distance meeting on a pleasant Thursday afternoon.

River Preserve County Park

Boot Lake Nature Preserve

Sandhill Cranes find a respite at Boot Lake.

From where did the founders of the United States of America get their idea for an Electoral College?

I’m staying mum on the election about to take place in the USA on November 3. Rather, I’ve been scratching at ancient history related to the Electoral College.

I’ve long wondered from where the founders of the USA got their idea for an Electoral College. They would have known the classics, and if I’m not stretching it too far, would have found a precedent for the Electoral College in the Centurial Assembly system of the Roman Republic (509-27 BCE).

The same principle was evident in the Holy Roman Empire (800-1806). I quote a definition of an elector from The Wordsworth Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (based on the original book of Ebenezer Cobham Brewer, revised by Ivor H. Evans):

Elector. In the HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE those rulers who formed an Electoral College to appoint the Emperor were called Electors. Their number was eventually regularized by the GOLDEN BULL of 1356 and the seven Electors were to be the bishops of Mainz, Trier, and Cologne, with the rulers of the Rhine Palatinate, Saxony, Brandenburg and Bohemia. The ruler of Bavaria gained admission during the THIRTY YEARS WAR and Hanover became an Electorate in 1708. The office disappeared with the abolition of the Holy Roman Empire in 1806.”

Not much more to say, but something to chew on. Time will tell how the Electoral College fares in the future of the USA.

Wonders abound. Boots on, let’s go!

-John

7 thoughts on “Stay-Go-Be-Do #2

  1. Your photos attest to the beauty of autumn. The beautiful colours on the trees are still evident in spite of wind and rain. Reminds me of Aunt Vera in awe of God’s Glorious handiwork looking out the car window along the 401 returning home after a fall visit. Funny what comes to mind.
    Kaye

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  2. Time to end the Electoral College and get rid of the Emperor!

    Monty

    May the God of Wonder be with you, delighting you with the beauty of sunrise and the majesty of sunset, with the song of the bird and the fragrance of the flower.

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