Monday, June 29, 2009
For the past few days there has been no place to hide from the media frenzy over the death of pop star Michael Jackson. It's sad that the life of this immensely talented and profoundly weird man came to an end so suddenly and with so many questions about how he died.
The same day another media icon of another time succumbed to illness. Farrah Fawcett will be best known for a 1976 poster which adorned the bedroom walls of millions of young men, and one year on the TV drama, Charlie's Angels.
Fawcett did turn to more dramatic roles, including the made-for-TV movie, The Burning Room. Made in 1984, it drew attention to the hidden plight of abused women, as she acted out the controversial real-life story of a woman who killed the husband who had tortured her for more than a decade. It was courageous on her part to go from pin-up to battered woman on screen.
Apparently Fawcett continued her involvement with women's shelters through the years and left money in her will for their support.
Our congregation has an ongoing relationship with the local shelter called Bethesda House, in part because my wife, Ruth, is an outreach worker there. It has been encouraging to see how willing the St. Paul's congregation has been to provide support for this work in a variety of ways.