Monday, May 18, 2009

9. How many Episcopalians DOES it take to change a light bulb?


Three.

One to mix the drinks, one to call the electrician, and one to talk about how much better the old light bulb really was.

Which brings me to No. 9 in my "Top Ten Things I Love about the Episcopal Church":

Jokes.

On the whole, Episcopalians are pretty good at laughing at themselves. Granted, part of this is contextual. At Holy Trinity, our particular spiritual gifts seem to involve goofing off, popping off, and making fun. We love to banter, and we throw an excellent party. But the plethora of Episcopalian jokes suggests many of us are pretty good at using humor to undercut ourselves, deflate our self-importance, and remind ourselves to "keep the main thing the main thing." Can I get an amen?

And the icon? The caption for this photo on the St. George Melkite-Greek Catholic Church website reads: "The image of St. Symeon--perhaps the Church's first environmentalist--gazing upon an energy efficient light bulb." Look at his hands! I think he's blessing it! Rock on, Melkite-Greek Catholics! Good on ya!!

2 comments:

  1. Ha-ha! I'm seeing the spiritual home of your sense. Of course, it's one of the things I love most about you.

    Also, HILARIOUS story you posted on my blog. No wonder you laugh so much! MADE my day. :)

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  2. Well I have just had it ALL wrong. I mean you look at pictures of those hats and think, oh my--stodgy, solemn, maybe even a little scary. You mean you are allowed to laugh in that Church??? snort. I got in huge trouble laughing too loud in the Congregational church growing up( because too loud is the only way I laugh ) Talk about solemn and stodgy. Geeeze! Remember Alice the choir director, Goat? She was scary.

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