Conversations with the Reverend boy and his Personal Atheist

14 01 2008

After a long hiatus, the Reverend boy and his Personal Atheist discuss the US politics and the latest Anglican happenings…

the Reverend boy: the fact that the two top presidential contenders for the Democratic ticket are not white men is a big deal

Personal Atheist: yes, major big deal … and current polls show them both beating any possible republican….of course, those polls are meaningless this far from the election… but it’s an indicator.

Rb: It gives me a lot of hope, though 🙂

PA: me too….either of them would be a HUGE improvement to what we have now….even mccain would be an improvement.

Rb: In other news, the deposed Anglican Bishop of Harare (Zimbabwe) has basically declared he is his own church and he is calling it the Anglican Church of Zimbabwe (hat tip to the Mad Priest)
PA: ugh
Rb: this is taking what the schismatics are doing to the nth degree
PA: yeah … but he was deposed for a reason other than the usual schismatic issue, no?
Rb: it was more like corruption (bedfellows with the corrupt secular government) and slandering his fellow bishops in the Anglican Province of Central Africa….FYI, he is NOT invited to the Lambeth tea party in July i don’t think…The Anglican Communion Office has issued a response:

The situation with respect to the Anglican Church in Harare is a matter of grave concern to all in the Anglican Communion. Bishop Kunonga’s close ties with President Robert Mugabe is of deep concern to many and the resort to violent disruption has been widely deplored.

His unilateral actions with respect to the Diocese of Harare and his own status within the Province of Central Africa are, to say the least, questionable and have brought embarrassment to many. Above all, I am concerned for the well-being of faithful Anglicans who seek to practice their faith in peace and free from violence.

We assure Bishop Sebastian Bakare of our prayerful support in this difficult situation, and it is my firm hope that the Province of Central Africa will be enabled to find a way forward at this anxious time.

Rb: So after all of that, Canterbury’s response to all of this is “this is a matter of grave concern to us all.”
PA: how very anglican.
Rb: the Reverend boy’s response to Canterbury is “No s*** Sherlock
PA: LOL .. indeed!

Beefeater’s Bedbug Infestation — Prayers, please

26 09 2007

The Reverend boy: i’m trying to grow a beard of sorts

Personal Atheist: to look more like rowan?

Rb: LOL 🙂 no … one of those that just frame my jaw …

Rb: SIR wears one occasionally and it looks pretty good so i’ll try it … at least through hallowe’en

Rb (9:54:05 AM): (so i can wear my horns) 🙂

PA (9:54:34 AM): 😉

Rb: Beefeater greeted me this morning by asking me why God hated him

Rb: you heard about the bedbugs?

PA: yeah…. did you hear my reply?

Rb: no …

PA: my reply was that god doesn’t hate him. HE DOESN’T EXIST.

PA: 😀

PA: i’m just living up to my monicker.

Rb: and so did i

Rb: i eventually replied that God doesn’t hate him, but even the Bible says the rain falls on the just and the unjust which is a flowerly way of saying “sh** happens”

PA: did you refer him to the book of job?

Rb: yes 🙂

Rb: i told Beefeater he could stay w/ me for a few days if he needed to while the bedbug problem gets sorted out

PA: yeah, he mentioned.

PA: he can stay with me too.

Rb: so between me you and his boyfriend he won’t be homeless

PA: right. 🙂

Taking on the House of Bishops — Reverend boy style

24 09 2007

Today on teaheepeehee, the Reverend boy and his Personal Atheist will take on the House of Bishops meeting in New Orleans. ….

the Reverend boy: the House of Bishops has closed its doors to their meetings today. It was originally scheduled to be open, I thought. I’ve also learned through the blogs the two liberal archbishops (Wales and Australia) visiting with ++Rowan were more stern than what the House was expecting. I’m checking with my source, who is on the scene New Orleans.

Personal Atheist : interesting.

PA: i think *Beefeater gets back this afternoon.

Rb: oh ok cool

Rb: i want him to see my video with the naked sock puppets

PA: 😀

Rb: Two liberals and two moderates are drafting a mind of the House resolution and are being advised by some of the Communion’s officials, according to the Guardian

PA: “a mind”?

Rb: it says “this is what we think right now”

Rb: it’s a statement of general consensus voted on by the majority of bishops present

PA: and what will it be?

Rb: anyone’s guess

Rb: because of the apparently severe talking to they apparently received on Thursday and Friday from some of their more influential allies, i am sure great concessions will be made

Rb: like i said, i think q-tip lady is going to have to pay a price for the episcopal visitor thing

Rb: there was a small consensus being circled around from not going to the tea party at all that ++Rowan is hosting next year (this is the one where +Gene wasn’t invited). The idea was that entire church, conservative, liberal, etc. refrain from attending

Rb: i said in response on someone’s blog <ahem>

Rb: The House of Bishops absenting itself from Lambeth 2008 seems, in my mind, like a senseless martyrdom, and it would ultimately have the opposite effect of what was intended. If we as a Church really are committed to the larger Communion, then it is our responsibility to engage.

Rb: in other news the House of Bishops choir (with spouses!) are recording a CD for release at Christmas 2008

Rb: this is also the anniversary of the first all-bishop tea party, held in 1867.

PA: 🙂

Rb: the Archbishop of South Africa made his retirement speech over the weekend. One of the first lines was “Thank you for putting up with me.”


<later that day>

Rb: the House of Bishops meeting has been opeend to the press.

Rb: All of the bishops are wearing prayer shawls that have been knitted by lovely women as gifts for their deliberations

PA: prayer shawls??? i didn’t think christians did that.

PA: and who are the lovely women? why no handsome gay men???

Rb: the bishops are all wrapped in prayer shawls apparently

Rb: According to Stand Firm, it seems some of the more moderate conservatives seem to are now saying that Robinson should attend the tea party by virtue of the fact he is a brother bishop, regardless of disagreement.

PA: nice.

Rb: about 2/3rd of the house have been meeting informally between sessions (and over happy hour) to try and hammer out a deal

Rb: almost 60 of the 100 or so present

PA: NOLA has 24 hour drinking. i’m sure they’ll hammer out a very interesting deal…

Rb: they’ll be dancing around in their prayer shawls on Bourbon Street

PA: maybe they’ll wear their prayer shawls and nothing else.

Rb: uh … yeah … however, the draft statement that came out of the House of Bishops open session is basically a watered down reiteration of what has happened before

PA: boring.

Rb: yeah

Rb: my blog is more exciting

PA: of course!

PA: it has naked sock puppets.

Rb: 😀

Rb: I should post this conversation

Rb: “the Reverend boy and his Personal Athiest take on the Episcopal Church House of Bishops”

PA: and naked sock puppets!

Rb: yes

Conversations with the Reverend boy and his Personal Atheist — Episode 2

17 07 2007

Today the Reverend boy and His Personal Atheist discuss the general malaise of the United States, titles of bishops, the iPhone craze, and antidisestablishmentarianism.


Every now and again, my Personal Atheist sends me quotes from various “overheard” sites and we comment on them a la Statler and Waldorf from The Muppet Show.  One such exchange is below.  Because we both have ADD and can switch gears in conversation on a dime we immediately started talking about something else, such as the titles of bishops.

Personal Atheist:  Overhead on the street:

PA: Teacher-in-training #1: Did you know Alaska isn’t an island?Teacher-in-training #2: Um… Yes…Teacher-in-training #1: Oh. ‘Cause I just found out yesterday.—Lansing, Michigan

the Reverend boy: there is no hope for this country. None at all

PA: i know.  LOL

Rb: <sings> “O Canada … “

Rb: God save the Queen!

PA: i was going to suggest that.

Rb: Long Live the Reverend boy :-p

Rb: you know if i got to be Presiding Bishop or Archbishop I would be the Most Reverend boy?

PA: you already are in my books.

Rb: awww

Rb: If I were Dean of a cathedral, I’d be the Very Reverend boy. :-p

Rb: i told both of those to one of the beta twins, and he said “LOL.  Oh, Lord..” and i replied (expectedly) “Yes my boy?”

PA: 🙂


The Personal Atheist has bought an iPhone, much to my chagrin.  For the record, I think it’s a nifty gadget, and quite pretty after a fashion, but I can’t see spending so much money on a phone that can’t make phone calls with good reception.  To quote Carol Burnett, “well, it’s pretty, but it doesn’t answer my question.” 

PA: 90% of people who bought the iPhone are very happy with it.

Rb: most people are very happy when their toys are new

PA: well, it’s been 2 weeks, so if there were problems, some people would hate it by now

Rb: that would be the 10%

PA: i mean problems for some. Or disappointment.

PA: i think the 90% number says a lot.

Rb: yes it does

PA: i’m sure it will go down in time. and part of it is due to the psychological effect of the price (you tend to like things that you pay a lot for).

Rb: how many people have bought it?  

PA: about 1 million, i’d guess.

Rb: so we have about 1million people who have spent a lot of money on a phone which can’t make a decent phone call. 


Finally, we were discussing my spiritual autobiography, which I believe is required of all aspirants (there’s the title of a religious porn magazine if there ever was one!) to the Episcopal Church, not just in my diocese.  Now, I think I’ve lived quite a full life, so the biography which went about 9 pages.  Imagine my horror when it was required that it be no more than 5 pages, 1 inch margins, and in Times New Roman 12pt font. So after a few days of trying to edit it down and have it make sense …..

Rb: My biography is just going to have to be a few lines longer than 5 pages. I just can’t trim it any more unless i do things like cheat and have some really long paragraphs :-p  

PA:: use shorter words.

Rb: Like disestablishmentarianism or antidisestablishmentarianism

PA: 😀

PA: the amazing thing is that you could actually use those in a sentence!

PA: i’ve decided to identify as counterantidisestablishmentarianistic.

Rb: LOL!

PA: that should get me into the guiness book of records.

Rb: or smacked in the head or a puzzled look or a pint of beer depending on who’s in the pub at the time :-p

PA: 🙂


And so ends this episode the Reverend boy and his Personal Atheist.   Until next time, pee hee!

Conversations with the Reverend boy and his Personal Atheist

21 06 2007

My Personal Atheist and I joke about how we should have our own TV show.   Until that happens, I am going to introduce a segment to this blog called “Conversations with my Personal Atheist” which are transcripts of some of our more interesting IM chats.  This will also serve to keep us from getting too serious.  Here’s one from today ….


the Reverend boy: the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, gave a speech at the Canadian General Synod yesterday.  24 hours later, people are still trying to find anything of substance.  One person commented “I was a guest at England’s General Synod last year and he gave the same speech.”

the Personal Atheist: LOL that’s called diplomacy: saying a lot without saying a thing.

tRb: he spoke for 10 minutes and didn’t have a point

tPA: points are overrated.


tRb: the Mad Priest basically said, “huh?”

tRb: I said, “Mad Priest, I whole-heartedly agree with your assessment.”

tRb: One French Canadian is reported to have said C’est what, eh?


tRb: someone else is reported to have said “He went on for a quite a bit and didn’t really say much of anything, but I did like the story about the cobra”

tPA: cobra???

tRb: he told a story about a cobra  <ahem>


tRb: to paraphrase, the cobra asked an abbot how he could get more people to like him instead of running away all the time.  The abbot said, “well for starters don’t bite people!” so the cobra went along side of the road stood perfectly still and watched people go by.  When they realized he wasn’t going to bite, they proceeded to beat up the cobra. the cobra painfully slithered back to the abbot, who said “My word, what happened to you!”  The cobra said he followed the abbot’s instructions to the letter and didn’t bite anyone.  The abbot replied, “I didn’t tell you not to hiss! :-P


tPA: and what did costello say?


tRb: see?  this is why we need our own TV show. I should at least start posting these conversations on my blog.

tPA: you should! the bishop conversation from a couple of days ago was classic.

tRb: I think i might do that with this one 🙂 Do you have that saved in your archives?

tPA: no, unforutanately.  no archives for AIM.

tRb: darn it

tPA: i do recall making some very non-atheist comments.  LOL



Stay tuned for next week’s “Conversations with my Personal Athiest” when we will (hopefully!) discuss a better title for this segment. 😛

Until next time, pee hee!