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Letters to AO

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Letters from 14 to 20 September 2009

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Dear clergyones?

Dear Ones at Anglicans on Line:

I truly value your site because it is honest, positive, and intelligent. I look forward to reading it as I am sure thousands of others do, as well. But,I would like to ask a favor... Would you please not refer to bishops, priests or deacons as "clergypersons?" It seems to me somehow dehumanizing. I realize that "persons" has a long and honorable history in the church but, when coupled with "clergy," it strikes me a bit off the mark.

I realize this is a very small issue particularly in light of all the pressing issues the church is facing. Perhaps you will need to excuse my increasing egocentricity?

Fr. Carlton Kelley
Non parochial
Richmond, Indiana, USA
14 September 2009

(Editor: Thank you for your note and for your kind words. We used the term 'clergypersons' because 'clergymen' was obviously not right in that context, and we couldn't think of any other inclusive term that worked any better. From the greeting of your letter we could derive the term 'clergyones', which we suspect that you also would not like. Should we just call them 'clergy'? If so, then what might have once been the difference between 'clergy' and 'clergymen' back when it was appropriate to say 'clergymen'? By the way, we think of ourselves as 'Anglicans Online'.)

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