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Faith Day at Coors Field

Faith Day at Coors Field

The Rockies sponsored the Faith Day at Coors Field but forgot to invite all faiths — a day of celebration at the ball park for Christians with Christian rock band, testimony by a Christian player, Christian prayers. A great day for Christian ecumenism but not really a “faith” day for anyone else:

Presbyterians, Catholics, Evangelicals, Episcopalians, Baptists, Methodists, Lutherans and more spent Sunday together at the shared altar of the national pastime — baseball. Faith Day gives churchgoing fans a greater awareness of the interdenominational fellowship that naturally and inadvertently occurs each game day at Coors Field. The Rockies’ eighth annual Faith Day was a promotional event like any of the others — group discounts, block seating and special scoreboard messages, Rockies communications vice president Jay Alves said.

“All our positive energy will help the (Rockies) do their best,” 32-year-old Marianne Young of Denver said before the game.

With a disappointing, injury-plagued season that has left the Rockies 19½ games out of first place, it’s harder for some to have faith in the team.

Win or lose, the almost 44,000 people in attendance knew they would get a concert — included in the price of admission — by Grammy-winning Christian rock group Third Day.

“People of all faiths (sic) together on a Sunday (afternoon) — how cool is it to have a community of faith come together and publicly celebrate a sports team … and good music,” Anderson said. “We have a beautiful night here in Denver.”

I dunno – I love baseball and love Jesus – but this makes me feel creeped out. ~ed.

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tgflux

When leaders encourage the flock to attend a diocesan day at the nearest baseball stadium, as I know occurs in the Diocese of Texas and the Diocese of Virginia, is that somehow more broad-minded or less creepy?

Definitely less creepy—no matter which faith group(s) are attending.

The latter is FELLOWSHIP, not promulgating hegemony! [Even “Jewish Heritage Days”—which I know my Giants have, among many other ethnic celebration events—is about non-religious aspects of Jewish culture. It does not ask the entire stadium to pray “Next Year in Jerusalem!” ;-/]

JC Fisher

Ann Fontaine

Hope you all got to read the entire article. I agree Doug- nobody says God is on one side or another. I think I am creeped out by thinking about those who were going to the baseball game for baseball and were treated to a big dose of religion. And calling it Faith Day when really it is Christian Day. Truth in advertising.

Douglas LeBlanc

When leaders encourage the flock to attend a diocesan day at the nearest baseball stadium, as I know occurs in the Diocese of Texas and the Diocese of Virginia, is that somehow more broad-minded or less creepy? Or is the assumption that Episcopalians will have the good taste not to favor either team?

It’s a bit of a leap from “All our positive energy will help the (Rockies) do their best” to believing that God takes sides. The emphasis is on “our positive energy,” not on God’s divine intervention. That’s called prosperity theology.

Indeed, nobody in the article even implies that God takes sides or cares who wins the game.

GrandmèreMimi

Mark me down as creeped out, too. Prayer, positive energy and all that…I’m with JCF: God does not take sides in athletic contests.

The day should be renamed Christian Denominations Day. It’s cumbersome, but at least it’s true.

June Butler

tgflux

Inasmuch as I like to think the prayers of Il Poverello lift up his namesake (and my beloved) San Francisco Giants, in reality I don’t think God takes sides in athletic competitions.

And Christians really don’t need another excuse for self-congratulatory chumminess in a secular setting, where they’re really celebrating their cultural hegemony, not Oneness-in-Christ.

JC Fisher

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