Laughing at ourselves a little is not a bad thing! This one has been making the rounds for a while; Canon Jack Lindquist tells us that a similar version also circulates about Lutherans.
- Episcopalians occasionally believe in miracles and sometimes even expect them, particularly during stewardship canvasses, when electing bishops or rectors, or recruiting church school teachers.
- Episcopalians believe in ecumenical dialogue because they are certain that after all is said and done, everyone else is bound to become Episcopalian.
- Episcopalians strongly believe in Scripture, tradition and reason. While they aren’t sure what they believe about these three things, there is almost universal agreement that that is hardly the point.
- Episcopalians believe that everything in their life and faith is improved by the presence of good food and drink, not including lime-carrot Jell-O, tropical punch Kool-Aid, or canned tuna in any form.
- Episcopalians believe that anything worth doing is especially worth doing if it has an obscure name attached to it (e.g., sexton, suffragan, canon, sacristan, verger, thurifer, etc.). By the bye, MS spell-checker doesn’t even have “thurifer” in its dictionary.
- Likewise, Episcopalians believe that any place worth visiting is greatly enhanced by a name that only obliquely describes it (e.g.,nave, narthex, sacristy, undercroft, chancel, etc.).
- Episcopalians firmly believe that coffee hour is the eighth sacrament, but only if the coffee is caffeinated.
- Episcopalians believe that anthems are most efficacious if sung in Latin or German, especially during Lent.
- Some Episcopalians believe Rite I is the best expression of the liturgy. Some believe Rite II is better. Most Episcopalians haven’t noticed the difference; they just hope the whole thing gets over before noon.