"The Preachers chiefly shall take heed that they teach nothing in their preaching, which they would have the people religiously to observe and believe, but that which is agreeable to the Doctrine of the Old Testament and the New, and that which the Catholick Fathers and Ancient Bishops have gathered out of that Doctrine." A proposed canon of Elizabeth I, 1571

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I am a presbyter in the diocese of Fort Worth, Texas (Anglican Church in North America). I serve as Chaplain at St. Vincent's School and as a canon of St. Vincent's Cathedral Church in Bedford, Texas. In addition to my parish duties and teaching Religion classes in the school I am also the Middle School Social Studies teacher.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

UBUNTU: The General Convention of the Episcopal Church

The image above is the official logo of GenCon09. It represents a Zulu word, ubuntu, "a Zulu or Xhosa word that describes humaneness, caring, sharing, and being in harmony with all of creation," according to Episcopal Life. It seems that it represents a group of people dancing, reminiscent of the collective post-communion exertions undertaken at the legendarily left-wing St. Gregory of Nyssa parish in San Francisco.

It is my sincere hope that no delegate from my diocese will be there to be ubuntu-ed next summer.


Blogger Tregonsee said...

There is something symbolic here. For some time, Ubuntu has been one of the leading variants of Linux. However, of late problems and incompatibilities have grown progressively more obvious. While it still has dedicated followers, many are leaving for other, more traditional versions. Sound familiar?


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Blogger Julian said...

IMHO you're being just a little petty this time! As distasteful as the values of the Episcopal church can be, I really don't see anything here worth picking on except the arguably forced "diversity" of a historically "WASP" American church picking an African word which also happens to mean "Linux" to a lot of people. It's the artificiality of the whole thing and the way they interpret Christianity that seems suspect. As for the visual aspects of the logo - whether or not it looks like people dancing and whether or not that's necessarily a bad thing seems pretty subjective to me. I doubt that it's seriously the graphic design here that really bothers you, and neither of us really knows what "ubuntu" really means or whether it's even a verb that takes a direct object ... I find your blogging much more powerful when you stick to the real issues.

1:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am surprised that nobody noticed that the logo does not include the cross!!

11:26 AM  
Blogger texanglican said...

I think there may be a very, very faint cross in the white portion at the center. If you squint, you can just make it out. Perhaps it is an apt symbol for the General Convention after all!

7:48 PM  

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