The Magic (Episcopal) Kingdom

As many of my fellow Episcopalians prepare for the Church’s triennial General Convention in Anaheim this month, I thought it would be helpful to compare and contrast the convention experience with Disneyland. It’s my way of participating in the councils of the church as I promised in my ordination vow. Here goes:

 We’ll begin with the logos (that’s logos, not Logos for you Greek scholars). It’s unclear at this point whether there will be more fireworks at the convention or the park.


disney logo_dis6








You can be assured that there will be plenty of characters in costume.







 Dumbo in absentia and Dumbo in situ (not to be confused with any elephants that may be in the room).

Bishop_duncan dumbo                                                                                           








There’s always a bevvy of unique headgear.

miter  Mickey_Mouse_Ears_1                                                                                                     

Speeding Monorail versus priests striving to get on the fast-track to bishop.monorail    Clerical_clothing                                         And, finally, our respective patron saints:

Walt_Disney   jesus_icon_2                                                                           

If you’re a delegate, enjoy this year’s General Convention. And I certainly hope you fit in a trip to DisneyLand — it may help keep you grounded amid the hoopla.


5 Comments on “The Magic (Episcopal) Kingdom”

  1. Brilliantly, excruciatingly hilarious.

  2. Father Tim says:

    Thanks! Though Bryna just made me edit out one piece of this…

  3. Bob Chapman says:

    What? No comparison of those wishing to secede to the Pirates of the Caribbean? Bishop Robinson to Tinkerbell? The Presiding Bishop and the House of Bishops to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs?

    And, to The Episcopal Church being the Happiest Place on Earth.

  4. Father Tim says:


    The possibilities really are limitless. I nearly did a Presiding Bishop/Bishop Duncan “Beauty and the Beast” thing. And an “It’s a Small Church After All” sing-a-long. Oh, well. Thanks for adding a few.

  5. Meredith is absolutely right; what a circus! This is what happens when women take over, they want to redecorate everything. Incidentally, what was the prize for the most colorful miter? (It looks as though the bishops have all promoted themselves to cardinal). Thanks for shedding some light on the nonsense that is the “National Church.”

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