Of Pigs and Paintings

This year’s Pageant play was quite funny and yet very simple. Written by two pastors in Scotland (Alec Shuttleworth and Robin Hill), it presented the question of who is included and deemed appropriate versus those who are not. Without restating the whole play, let me summarize it quickly: an artist was depicting the nativity scene in its traditional grandeur: angels, the holy family, a cow, a donkey, a camel and sheep were included. But, this typical depiction was put under scrutiny particularly by a pig and a rat who claimed that they were also in the stable at the birth of the Christ child. However, they are always overlooked when it came to portraying the scene.

Obviously, they are considered too dirty, too unclean, too inappropriate. The list could go on, right?

This sketch may be distributed, adapted and for use with possible donations going to The Church of Scotland HIV/AIDS Project, and it does present the attitude most feel toward people with HIV/AIDS: we are afraid of them being in the picture with the rest of us. We had a great cast for the play, including those with no speaking parts. The donkeys and sheep were just so cute!!! Thanks to those of you who jumped in at the last moment because of the snow storm. The play was too good not to show to a bigger congregation, so we performed a shorter version on Christmas Eve as well.

About Susan Kramer-Mills

Susan Kramer-Mills' journey as a pastor has led her to a variety of places. Before attending McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago she was a Volunteer-in-Mission for two years West Berlin, Germany. After returning to the United States and graduating from seminary, she returned with her husband Hartmut to Germany. From 1990 to 1992 she was campus chaplain and registrar at Naumburg Seminary in former East Germany. With the closing of the seminary she assumed the pastorate for the yoked congregations of Stoessen, Goerschen and Rathewitz in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. At the same time she taught Religious Instruction at two public elementary schools until 1998. During this time she was assigned six additional congregations to the original three. In 1998, she received a call as Associate Pastor to Trinity Presbyterian Church in East Brunswick, New Jersey. She served in that position until 2000, when she and her husband accepted a call as co-pastors to First Reformed Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Since April 1, 2004, Rev. Kramer-Mills has also been working part-time as Classis Minister to the Classis of New Brunswick.
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