My good friend Avril Hannah-Jones will be leading a service in which “Wookies, robots, vampires and wizards will descend on the Romsey Uniting Church this Sunday to hear a fantasy-fuelled sermon exploring the parallels of fantasy and Christianity”—see the Macedon Ranges Leader.
Avril wants to explore the way the Doctor, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Harry Potter live out Jesus’ teaching, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends”, and the themes of mercy, forgiveness and redemption in Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and the television series Angel.
She says, “You’re welcome to come in a costume of your choice, but blasters, stakes and other weapons will have to be left at the church door.” A sensible precaution.
It all started on Adam Hills’ TV show on ABC-1, In Gordon St Tonight. Here is the vid Adam’s crew made:
(By the way: I’ve preached at Romsey, and will probably do so again; I wonder if I need some new liturgical gear? What should I get?)