Since quitting my radio job, Rev. Kevin George is one of the people I miss seeing the most. His weekly visit to the CJBK roundtable was a delight. His Twitter handle, @itsjustkevy, says a lot about who he is.
He’s the Rector of St. Aidan’s Church but he follows notorious atheist Ricky Gervais on Twitter. He admits to having doubts, being flawed, has a wicked sense of humour and works to make the world a better place. We live in a world where religion and faith are being tossed about for political brownie points. Revy Kevy wants nothing to do with any of that.
And because of him, Derek and I attended church when there was no wedding or funeral underway!
Kevin is attempting to break a record for the longest sermon. He’s going 55 hours straight, ending around 5 pm today. The rules allow him 5 minutes off every hour, and that’s when others including Mayor Ed Holder are filling in. Donations go to Anova – formerly Women’s Community House and Sexual Assault Centre London, and Jesse’s Journey. It looks like this effort will raise about $100-grand. If you’d like to contribute, you can do so HERE.
Derek and I stayed for two hours beginning at 3:30 am yesterday. It wasn’t difficult to get up at that time again. The laughs, camaraderie, and food for thought from the sermons were more than enough in return. As we left at 5:30, they were preparing to move Kevin outside to a bandshell for the daytime hours.
These are the people I want to spend time with. The ones who are trying to make the city and world better and look for the goodness in others. As Kevy said in a sermon, when you believe in the best of people, sometimes you get screwed over. But most of the time, you don’t.