Posted by Christopher Johnson | Thursday, September 20th, 2012 | Uncategorized | 37 Comments
Hardly a week goes by when I don’t get at least five or six e-mails asking me, “What’s happening in Webster Groves, Missouri these days, Eiríkur Rauði? Since we live in really boring places like New York, San Francisco or Ireland, we’ll probably never have the privilege of visiting the Paris of St. Louis County. We need you to keep us up-to-date on what’s going on there so we can live vicariously through you.”
I admit that I have been lax and I apologize. But with everything else that’s been going on the last couple of months, what with the move, problems with the Ranger, losing three crowns on my teeth and only managing to save two of them, finishing the last story and, starting Monday, something I haven’t had to do in almost 40 years, jury duty, my life has been considerably stressful lately.
But here’s a little item that David Fischler alerted me to (I didn’t know it was online). Seems that a Webster Groves church, one with which I am intimately familiar (I worshipped there once; they’re a half block west of where I usually work and back when I played it badly, they were in my church softball league) has decided to change its name:
What’s in a name? For the newly-branded NotAsOtherMenAre United Church of the Zeitgest in Webster Groves, Mo., a name is everything. Formerly the Evangelical UCZ of Webster Groves, the church changed its name in a ceremony Sept. 9 to better reflect its open and affirming environment and its progressive style of worship and the utter scorn, contempt, visceral loathing and pure, unadulterated hatred it has for anything within a light year of traditional Christianity.
“The name ‘Evangelical’ was a serious barrier toward our goal of not seriously believing much of anything at all,” said Pastor Katherine HawkerSelf. “We heard anecdotes that people would pull in our driveway, see the name on the sign and start to cry because they thought, ‘Oh crap. Now I’ll have to drive all the way out to Kirkwood for my Unitarian smugness and moral superiority fix and there’s never any place to park around that place when that damned farmer’s market is open.'”
The congregation has spent the last five years debating the need for a name change, and nicknamed itself the “Other” Evangelical UCZ of Webster Groves in the meantime. While there was a clear disconnect between the church’s name and its beliefs, changing the church’s identity was still an emotional and tender process, HawkerSelf said, and it took some time to get the church’s few remaining fundie bigots to hit the bricks.
Content edited slightly. Check out the picture at the link for some in-your-face leftism and ponder the fact that Webster Groves used to be considered a Republican stronghold.