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Letters to AO

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Letters from 18 to 24 February 2008

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Who ya gonna call?

Thank you for your fine editorial last week. I was manager of Toronto's Anglican Book Centre for many years. In the back of the store, in a little room called "the well," (which featured, amongst other things, the top of the conveyor belt from our warehouse and a loading door to the parking lot) we had a bulky cabinet which contained extra stock of jewellery. In one draw we had dozens and dozens of the Canadian version of the medallion you mention in your editorial (on one side a "Salmonesque" face of Jesus and on the other "in case of emergency contact an Anglican priest.").

Well, working in retail and seeing people at their worst (not to mention Anglican clergy at their worst), we used to look at these and imagine who we wouldn't want to come and visit us "in case of emergency." Sadly, we could name dozens of Anglican clergy. In my eleven years at ABC I'm not sure if we ever sold even one of them. (We did count them in inventory, year after year after year).

The old 600 Jarvis street location is now demolished. The bookstore is in the hands of Lutherans and I'm sure the medallions must now be discarded. I remember them fondly as a curiosity. In early January I was ordained a priest, and I hope and pray that in some way I may offer spiritual comfort to those "in cases of emergency." I do hope that I will be someone that people feel comfortable to call on (after, of course, the family have been duly notified).

The Reverend Daniel F. Graves
Assistant Curate, Holy Trinity Anglican Church
Thornhill, Ontario, CANADA
20 February 2008

Wanted: dog tag, Episcopal variety

I noted the 'Episcopal Dog Tag' in your recent editorial. Do you know where one might be purchased?

K. Michael Berliner
Grace Episcopal Church
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
18 February 2008

(Ed. note: If you can assist Mr Berliner, email him directly at his address, above. The medal pictured was sold more than 50 years ago, probably in the gift shop of the USA National Cathedral in Washington DC.)

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