While the Obamas went to services at St. John's (Episcopal), Lafayette Square, Hubby and I went to Third Church of Christ, Scientist -- a block north -- for Easter services today. (Universalist tie-in: before they built this building, they owned the former Church of Our Father (Universalist), now demolished.)
I'll later write about a couple of nice features of the church and service (and perhaps a couple that aren't so nice, but which are an entrenched part of their practice). Here's a good one.
After the service -- no coffee hour -- we crossed their church complex plaza to visit the Reading Room. I noticed the attendant wiping out the markings in her Bible and copy of Science and Health with a cloth. I was intrigued.
Seems they use a chalk pencil, pictured. That's the attendant's; I got one, a Koh-I-Noor 48 thick-lead lead-holder, with specially sized blue chalk. Like the kind for a chalk line. For some paper, it leaves a slight mark. But for the kind of fine and India paper used for Bibles and hymnals (and Science and Health) it comes off cleanly. (It can, over time, accumulate on the edges.) They sold "cloth erasers", too -- small pieces of ultrasuede.
Bright-colored, handy, doesn't groove a page like a pencil would. A thought for lectern readers of all denominations.
Now, I wonder about the metal bookmarks they use . . .