Saturday, January 05, 2008

Fort Worth Outraged

Two bloggers ran stories yesterday on a bit of silliness coming from the Standing Committee of the (so far) Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth. They have their knickers in a twist over the Christmas card our Presiding Bishop sent this year and have issued an official memorandum to the diocesan clergy and convention delegates.

Susan Russell has the story here and Katie Sherrod (of Fort Worth) has it here. Both include an image of the card in question.

I am pretty sure (or at least I hope) that this is the first time in recorded history that a Standing Committee has felt the need to issue an official comment on a Christmas card.

Even if you've read the reports about this brouhaha, be sure to check Katie Sherrod's story. She starts it with a joke which – like all good jokes – speaks to a truth.

Update: Count on the often-amazing Andrew Gerns to take this story and add truly thoughtful comments on why the image of three women as the magi might shake up the gravity of some Fort Worthians. Read his Danger! Wise Women Ahead.

And, over at EpiScope, our editor wonders: "Are these perhaps the same 'Anglicans' who couldn't recognize a quote from Dame Julian of Norwich or an image from Anselm of Canterbury?"

9 Comments:

Blogger Frank said...

Thanks for sharing. How funny (and peculiar and sad). It must be awful to be male and to take it that seriously!

1/05/2008 12:25 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

A link to order the card so you too can send one to your favorite "orthodox" bishop/

1/05/2008 2:32 PM  
Blogger Jeffri said...

I guess we now have one fairly strong candidate for the "at least one bishop" mentioned when Greg Griffith got his knickers in a twist about the card back in December. If at first you don't succeed...

1/05/2008 5:05 PM  
Blogger Lisa Fox said...

Thanks for that link, Ann.

Jeffri, you're exactly right. And did you notice that that thread, dormant since Dec. 21, has now "lit up" again? There's a reason some of us associate "feeding frenzy" with that site.

1/05/2008 6:53 PM  
Blogger Grandmère Mimi said...

Well, now isn't the visit of the three wise MEN an essential of the faith? Isn't it in the Creeds? I couldn't find it, but surely it must be there.

Does the Standing Committee prowl in search of something at which they they can take umbrage?

I smell the odor of misogyny.

1/05/2008 8:13 PM  
Blogger Lisa Fox said...

You have a very refined smeller, Grandmere.

I'm with you: I couldn't find it in the Creeds. Maybe it's in the 39 Articles. Yeah, that must be it ...

1/05/2008 8:56 PM  
Blogger Lapinbizarre said...

Maybe the picture was painted in the diocese of Ft.Worth? Could account for the absence of wise men.

Mimi, it's only a couple of weeks since Rowan Williams got some of these folks a bit mad when he described the Magi as a "legend", but he's British and more importantly a man, so what he said is not nearly so bad, is it?

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article3076008.ece

1/06/2008 3:56 PM  
Blogger Tobias Haller said...

Great summary of the situation. Who needs satire with Fort Worth issuing it's own.

1/06/2008 4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe the text in the card is in reference to Epiphany.
How fitting, wouldn't you say?

1/07/2008 2:57 AM  

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