One reason the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge will not do nearly as well in Europe

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One reason the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge will not do nearly as well in Europe?

It’s nearly impossible to find ice. (Even the Smithsonian Magazine agrees.)

While my big American refrigerator in the U.S. has a built-in ice maker and can be heard to make ice all day long, my relatively small – let’s say petite – refrigerator in Europe has one teeny, tiny ice tray that takes up about a quarter of the freezer space.  Ice is just not as important to daily life in Europe as it is in the U.S.

I have been challenged to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – as has every other living American, apparently – and I have asked for an exception to the 24-hour rule.  (Asking for rule exceptions has been a big part of my life, but that’s another blog post.) And my reason is that I’d like to do this on my first Sunday back at the International Protestant Church of Zurich.

Beyond that, I would like to do it with my colleague in ministry, Scotty J. Williams, who has agreed to endure this challenge with me in front of the French Reformed Church immediately following morning worship on August 31. The entire congregation will be invited to watch, before heading off to coffee hour.

So, join us a week from Sunday. We’re hoping for a nice, sunny day, which would make it only the second one of the summer, so not likely. In any case, it’s for a good cause – raising awareness for an ALS cure and the need for more research. I’ve read the posts from some who refuse to participate because, after all, there are other, maybe worthier, causes in the world right now. And I agree. There undoubtedly are other causes and worthier ones too. But there’s room for this one.

See you Sunday after church.

About Doug

I have been a writer ever since fifth grade when I won second prize in a “prose and poetry” contest. I am also a Presbyterian pastor, and for several years toward the end of my career I lived and worked in Zürich, Switzerland. I am now retired and live just north of Holland, Michigan, along the lake.


5 Responses to One reason the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge will not do nearly as well in Europe

  1. Carter August 22, 2014 at 8:07 am #

    Guess I was supposed to fill out the comment portion before the ID verification request … Even spelled my name wrong … Honestly was not in a hurry, but there seems no way to withdraw the post and try over so a “reply” it shall be instead:

    I got out of that 24 hour rule too but I found an exception left in the words of my challenger where one preposition used was off kilter, so the implied contract, with a specious amount of “consideration” could be set aside at least to a moment of my own choosing

    This to me, like your own take about your life, and maybe like the continent you have been calling home, allows us all to participate in the choosing of the time

    To me that is Second Peter’s words concerning why we should believe that God “does not tarry.”

    I think he wishes us, as he looks on through the eyes of Grace, to pick our particular cross, follow his son and accept the human challenges that may just put us there to be that clay mentioned elsewhere in the Bible …

  2. Marion Robbins August 22, 2014 at 1:37 pm #

    And as of next Sunday, you can add to your bio (after grandfather)….a dripping icicle (for a good cause.)
    Try not to scream like a little girl!
    P.S. Rufus and I are heading to northern Minnesota tomorrow in case you need more ice!

    • Doug August 22, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

      It’s getting to the end of August, so winter must be right around the corner for northern Minnesota! Good to hear from you, Marion.

  3. mike August 22, 2014 at 11:24 pm #

    Thanks to an expat and spiritual mentor for joining your state-side buds in another one of many great causes. We are glad to be riding in your posse. Mike/Debra/Lia/Matt

    • Doug August 23, 2014 at 7:07 am #

      Honored to have a posse!

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