The Fremont Solstice Parade and the ChurchPosted 21 June 2010 by Bob Chapman
People that associate flamboyant behavior and parades with your standard gay pride parade have not been to Seattle in June.
The Fremont Solstice Parade in Seattle proves that you do not need to go to your favorite gay pride parade to see outlandish things being celebrated in a parade. Quite by accident I introduced my father to the pre-parade ride through Ballard. He enjoyed it. Don’t tell my mother, who is receiving physical therapy in a home in St. Louis County, Missouri.
There is one thing missing from this parade, though. It is the Church.
You see the Church in gay pride parades. You do not see the church in the Fremont Solstice Parade.
I have a modest proposal.
We need a float in the Fremont Solstice Parade that depicts the baptismal techniques of the Early Church.
At the hour in which the cock crows, they shall first pray over the water. When they come to the water, the water shall be pure and flowing, that is, the water of a spring or a flowing body of water. Then they shall take off all their clothes. The children shall be baptized first. All of the children who can answer for themselves, let them answer. If there are any children who cannot answer for themselves, let their parents answer for them, or someone else from their family. After this, the men will be baptized. Finally, the women, after they have unbound their hair, and removed their jewelry. No one shall take any foreign object with themselves down into the water. (The Apostolic Tradition of Hippolytus of Rome 21:1-5)
At the end of the parade, we could offer baptism to all who wanted it. Since the Episcopal Bookstore is close to the parade, maybe we could set up at the store. This would provide walk-in traffic for books on living the faith.
If you read the rest of the description of early baptismal practices, there would be plenty of opportunity to showcase the ministry of deacons in the church. I call this a win-win situation.
So, who has the mobile baptismal font to push in the parade?