June 20, 2006


Got that stuff out of the way, which means it's time for our newest feature...


Famed NASA rocket scientist and boater, Steevil, sent along a link to this article regarding the decision of the Presbyterian Church (USA) (meeting here in the grand old Magic City, by the way) to consider alternative, gender-inclusive titles for expressing the identity of the Trinity, getting away from the old-fashioned "Father, Son, and Holy Spirit." Some of their suggestions include: "Mother, Child and Womb," "Rock, Redeemer, Friend," "Lover, Beloved, Love," "Creator, Savior, Sanctifier," and "King of Glory, Prince of Peace, Spirit of Love." (Although I have to say the last one is a bit gender specific, unless women can now be kings and princes, which I admit might have already been taken up in an earlier synod or something.)

ANYWAY, Steevil, ever the sensitive sort, suggests maybe we could use "Rock, Paper, and Scissors." (No word on if he's working on a new hymn entitled "Roshambo of Ages.")

Chet the E-Mail Boy said he always like Kookla, Fran, and Ollie, as well as Winkin, Blinkin, and Nod.

The only problem is that I think Chet is probably serious.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at June 20, 2006 10:13 AM

The PCUSA is not my group although mine is meeting in B'Ham this week. Our big battle is whether or not we sell for a lot of money a building we aren't using.

My nomination for new terms is: Larry, Curly and Moe as those names seem to match up really well with PCUSA "leadership".

Posted by: Larry Anderson at June 20, 2006 10:37 AM


Posted by: Terry Oglesby at June 20, 2006 10:39 AM

I vote for Bobby, Billy, and Pat. All include two-gender versions, which I admit leaves the transgendered out, but you can't have everything.

When does somebody in one of these denominations stand up and say "folks, we're parodying ourselves now"? I guess anyone who questions this sort of silliness left the denomination long ago.

Posted by: Skinnydan at June 20, 2006 11:16 AM

IN the immortal words of Garth Algar, "Parody on, Wayne!"

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at June 20, 2006 11:51 AM

I always thought the Holy Trinity was Elvis, Richard Petty, and Budweiser. No, wait, that's the three kings.

Never mind.

Posted by: skillzy at June 20, 2006 12:30 PM

I think it might have been Kinky Freidman who said it was Elvis, Jesus and Coca Cola. Two of then are southern and the third might as well be.

Posted by: jim at June 20, 2006 01:52 PM