Saturday, April 30, 2005

...but you can call me "Howie"....

And now, for something completely different...

Back more than 15 years ago, storyteller and Catholic-turned-Quaker Ed Stivender had a wonderful recording called The Kingdom of Heaven is Like A Party. On that recording, he described himself as a member of of a group of Mummers called Les Jongleurs de Notre Dame - in his translation, "The Liturgical Fools of Our Lady," or, if you like, "Catholic Jihad." Somehow, that image always made me smile...

Later, as I became somewhat of a firebrand liberal within a congreation of the ELCA, I said that our little band of misfits should be called Lutheran Jihad. However, the Keillor-esque visual image of Lutherans attacking people by flinging liturgically-colored jello-with-fruit at them was too much for some of the faithful (since bladder control failure is particularly hard to deal with in adults), so we abandoned that idea.

Now, Mumcat from The Cat's Cradle gave me this link about the Unitarian Jihad (well worth perusing), and another link to find my UJ battle name. When I clicked on it, this is what I got...

My Unitarian Jihad Name is:
Brother Howitzer of the Enlightened Compassion.
(Get yours).

Those who know me in-the-flesh know that "Brother Howitzer" is particularly appropriate, since a friend in the recovering community has accused me of being "about as subtle as the Guns of Navarone." And "enlightened compassion" - well, I'm gettin' there. Seems there's still some work to be done, looking at some of my recent posts...

3 comments:

Michael said...

I seem to have become Brother Pepper Spray of Reasoned Discussion. Cool!
I'd be a very heretical Unitarian, actually quite passionately Trinitarian. But I could become a fellow traveler.

Mumcat said...

I found a spot of truth in my UJ name as well. Just don't step on me or push my hot buttons. I'll either expode or aim to decapitate :)

Other than that, I'm really a pacifist........

Anonymous said...

hi steve, i'm karen, i stumbled across your blog from a link from jonny baker.

i'm elca (but a lut-epis really), i left chicago (higgins road, lstc, and my beloved bucktown) to move to seattle to dream into apostleschurch.org.

i blog at submergence.org

i hope you come visit submergence and join the eln site (beta site for somewhat emergent, somewhat lutherans.
a link to the eln beta site is on my blog.

grace and peace,

from karen ward