Because Christian worship is not supposed to be about you.
who the F is that? Reminds me of when Mark Sisk, bishop of NY, showed up at Ground Zero a few days after 9-11 in mitre and cope. Strode around past the rescue workers and fire fighters doing the beauty queen wave. Search as I might, I can't find those photos - someone on the staff must have expunged them, down the memory hole.monika
Is this an attempt at public relations by a man in a space suit to present an image of strength to random individuals whose live may be in chaos or crisis?Man, I hope not. Good-bye Episcopal Church. Can you hear the flushing sound?
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/toronto/archive/2009/09/24/sleepy-commuters-meet-anglican-bishops-bishops-meet-commuters.aspxThe article is from 2009, the first time they did this. The best part is the end of the article...at least one passerby briefly thought the two groups were together. awesome.
"Unnamed street performer takes donation from passerby during Let's Play Church Week."
Did they have to have a priest with a collar with the bishop so people would recognize them as clergy? In that outfit, who would know it was a "man of the 'cloth'". At least this cope isn't as hideous as some of the others. Looks like buildings on it. Where's the center focus - Jesus, God, the Holy Spirt? Missing. All about man and his accomplishments. So TEC.
Oh, now I see! People need more bishops playing dress up in their lives. Not more God, prayer, and accountability. Job validation. That's all this is about.monika
It might be good to cut TEC some slack in this case. If you follow the link above, you'll see the Bishop in question is from Toronto. Not that the Anglican Church in Canada is in any better shape.
I don't like the outfit, but I'm not really thrilled by the comments either. This bishop's choice of vestments has nothing to do with Anglicanism or ECUSA it is simply his poor taste.At least he is out greeting people and not spending all his time in a locked office behind a mahogany desk.
I'm all for the outreach, but if you're going to do it you should break out the most awe-inspiring vestments you've got. Liturgics is one of the main things Anglicans have going for them - otherwise you might as well put on a polo shirt and a pair of khakis and sing 'Awesome God'.
Casting aside any comment I might make about the Bishop's choice of cope, I AM heartened that an Anglican Bishop would be at the station inviting people to attend church. We need more of that fromBishops and other clergy as well!Bravo Bishop!!Deacon Francie
Problem is, even if this person was vested in more traditional and proper regalia such that would not disregulate folks' delicate aesthetic sensibilities, his theology or lack thereof would still make him a clear and present danger to the public.
I don't really like the cope. The real issue for me is that vestments are for use in liturgical functions, they are not costumes or advertisements. In my opinion, a bishop on the street should wear a black suit and clerical shirt with the pectoral cross. If one is very "High Church" or trying to make a statement, then wear the cassock and cross. This picture makes me think, "What if they had a liturgy and no one came?"
We used to not like it when the Hare Krishnas did the same thing in airports -- dressed in their bright (orange) robes and handed out literature or asked for money.I like it no more in this case.If the guy is trying to reach his people, why doesn't he or his underling priests contact the people on their membership rosters by phone or a home visit and find out why they are not attending. He wouldn't even have to dress up for it.
Taking that "open communion" thing just a bit too far, don't you think?Or...TEC finances have come to this - panhandling.PS: Is that David Byrne in the background?
I like the idea of him giving out free coffee vouchers or maybe tickets for the circus?
lol @ commenters- if only the anglicans were as expert at missions and outreach as confessional lutherans! oh.... wait....
My issue with this is the cope doesn't reflect what he's about. There are a lot of people out there who don't have a clue what vestments are about. This guy could be a KKK, a Harry Potter wanna be, etc.Good he's out there, but did wearing the outfit aid the purpose other than publicity.
I agree with Fr. Sabin that the bishop's attire is not steet wear.It is also more appropriate for 'pop' occasions such as clown liturgies or the recent Dr. Seuss TEC liturgy. His garments look more like those of a jester than a celebrant prepared to lead worship.
Looks a little like he's wearing the provincial flag of British Columbia.
This is Colin Johnson, the Anglican Archbishop of Toronto. The cope was created for the anniversary of the diocese of Toronto and represents aspects of the diocese including some of the individual churches from each deanery. He and two other bishops were at the busiest commuter station to invite people to attend church that weekend. The whole point was to attract attention and they did in the press, tv, etc. If had just worn a suit, I don`t think he would have been stood out in the crowd.
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