by Faithful Friar
The tower bell-ringers here at the Church of the Transfiguration are expecting good things at our summer ringing camp being held this coming week! This has become an annual event thanks to friends from Boston and Washington areas: a group of very accomplished change-ringing teachers who have taken us under their wing. As was the case a year ago we have recently welcomed some new recruits who wish to learn and participate. This is both a joy and a responsibility since there is a safety component to handling a long rope attached to a heavy swinging object. So it will be perfect to have our friends here to give a proper initiation to our new ringers. As for the rest of our “band”, each of us is continuing to learn. There are always new challenges with change-ringing: different methods to learn, different bell positions within each method, how to conduct a band, how to follow a conductor (how to think like they do). So it’s a challenge for each one individually, yet it remains a group activity where we must depend on and pay attention to one another. Both invigorating and humbling…. Hmmm, sounds a lot like trying to live together in community!