Sunday, March 23, 2014
LORD SOPER AND HUMOR
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I enjoy learning about our family history.
My husband is related to the Methodist minister, Lord Soper, and I was happy and surprised when I saw an anecdote about Lord Soper in a book I purchased, "Church Chuckles."
Lord Soper (1903-1998) was noted for preaching to one and to all on Tower Hill and then in Hyde Park in London, even in his 90s, right up until 3 weeks before his death. He was made a Lord for working hard to help the poor, pushing for equal rights for women and all races, for his dedication to pacifism, and for animal rights. I read that he was so devoted to being a pacifist that when asked what he would do if Russia invaded England, he replied "I would offer them tea."
That is not at all my view!
Here is the story from the book I bought:
While addressing the crowd at Speaker's Corner in Hyde Park the distinguished Methodist minister, Lord Soper, was interrupted by a heckler who kept shouting "What about flying saucers?"
Finally Lord Soper turned to him and, much to the delight of his audience, silenced him with "I cannot deal with your domestic difficulties now."
And no, there is no aristocratic estate that accompanies the title of Lord, so no castle or manor house for us!
Donald Soper was given the non-hereditary title of Lord for his life long dedication to good works.
There is a touching obituary in a London newspaper and it ends with "His was a gallant, debonair faith, yet under all the layers of sophistication he was at heart a simple believer. Jesus was his master and friend right up to the end."