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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Worst clergy name ever.

As Mrs Philocrites and I continue to debrief each other about our respective denominational conventions, she can't stop laughing at the worst clergy name ever — which happens to belong to a former presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church and for whom the church has formally set aside a day of commemoration. Yes, we're talking about the Rt Rev Philander Chase (1775-1852), founder of Kenyon College. It gets better, of course: Philander's nephew was Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase. Let us now praise famous funny names! (Which means, if you can come up with a funnier but real clergy name — without embarrassing the living, of course — trump good ol' Philander.)

Copyright © 2006 by Philocrites | Posted 27 June 2006 at 10:50 PM

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June 28, 2006 09:48 AM | Permalink for this comment

There's a little graduation tradition at my seminary called the "Martini in the Stacks" party -- an improptu, completely unofficial and institutionally unendorsed, gathering after graduation in the library. This year we played a game to get things going: find the most bizarre book you can find in the school's collection.

The winner: "How to Please Your Husband," by B.J. Cox. Not sure the theological relevance of the book, but we all found it exceptionally amusing, especially when read aloud using funny voices.

Doug Muder:

June 28, 2006 09:57 AM | Permalink for this comment

Back in the Marcos years, the Catholic cardinal in Manilla was Cardinal Sin. I always wanted to see a picture of him together with the American Cardinal Law.

It's not a clergy name, but a friend claims to have found Harry Hardcock in a corporate database.


June 28, 2006 12:43 PM | Permalink for this comment

D'oh! Someone beat me to the late, great Jaime Cardinal Sin, who was very important in the nonviolent protests which brought down the Marcos regime. He used to refer to his archbishop's residence as "the House of Sin."


June 28, 2006 03:54 PM | Permalink for this comment

I am pleased to see that Philander is a real name -- one of my favorite fictional characters is a sorceror named Philander Groot, but I didn't know it was a real name.


June 28, 2006 04:17 PM | Permalink for this comment

What about the Mather boys: Cotton and Increase? OK, nowhere near as good as Philander or Sin ...


June 28, 2006 05:49 PM | Permalink for this comment

P, I thought, when I saw the title of the post, that you were referring to the new UU clergy person, according to the video screen at the SLT at GA this year--Jesus Christ. If memory serves.


June 28, 2006 06:01 PM | Permalink for this comment

Ron's comment requires some clarification. The transcription service this year produced some really horrible results on the two giant screens in the plenary hall. I think it was Gini Courter who explained in one plenary session that presenters hadn't been adequately prodded to get their scripts in on time, which meant that the transcribers were having to type almost everything in real time. The names in the Service of the Living Tradition, consequently, were mangled beyond recognition -- and it seems that it turned the service into a parody for many people watching as ministers marched across the stage. And yes, somebody's name was transformed into "Jesus Christ." I thought it was a retirement, but others told me they remembered seeing the name in preliminary fellowship.

I haven't yet tried to watch one of the online videos to see if the transcription errors show up there. Did people watching any of the streaming events see the transcriptions? (Hopefully it was a problem limited to those of us in the plenary hall.)

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