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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Only Thing Worse Than Being Talked About Is Not Being Talked About

posted by on June 17 at 10:49 AM

Last June the Stranger sent writers to churches all over Seattle—and the odd temple and mosque too—to review their services and sermons for a feature package we called “A Month of Sundays.” Some churches we reviewed were ticked—as were some that we overlooked (sorry, Scientology, but we’re still not convinced yer a church)—and the Church Council of Greater Seattle tried to call me down to the rectory for a spanking.

Anyway, not all the churches we reviewed were upset. Some, it seems, were hoping we were going to make “Month of Sundays” an annual event.

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"Your a church"? the stickler in me is itching right now.

Posted by Martin | June 17, 2008 10:57 AM

Someone's been googling themselves again...

Posted by David | June 17, 2008 10:58 AM

no your a church

Posted by Abby | June 17, 2008 11:14 AM

I think you should have reviewed the Scientology services, because the myths of Jesus Christ and Muhammad are just as ridiculous as that of Xenu. What the Judeo-Christian-Islamic religions have going for them is hundreds of years separation from modern times, thus giving them a mysterious quality that Scientology will have to wait for.

Posted by Tiffany | June 17, 2008 11:16 AM

The title made me think this was another Chelsea post.

Posted by Ziggity | June 17, 2008 11:20 AM

It was rather bizarre that the feature didn't include a write-up of the red-domed First United Methodist Church down by the library. It's only been in that same spot for 100 years now; I guess it doesn't have much to do with religion in Seattle?

Posted by Greg | June 17, 2008 11:26 AM

I really liked the way you told people to flee from Casey and Wendy Treat. Two of the creepiest people in a world of creepy religionists.

Posted by Vince | June 17, 2008 11:29 AM

I've been a little surprised by all the venom heaped on you Chelsea, but I have to say that to at least a small degree you bring it on yourself.

I've tried to give you the benefit of the doubt, but your posts have been consistently vapid. I couldn't give a rat's ass about your low-carbon-footprint tote bag. And even your donation to the democratic party comes across as trite.

If you'd spent more than a day or two on Slog, you wouldn't come across as such an outsider. Mr. Poe is a bit weird and irascible, and has been known to say some pretty crass things about nearly anyone. But only total noob would take him seriously, or mistake him for being unemployed.

I don't think you deserve quite the level of vitriol that has been flung your way. But I do think having you as a guest Slogger was ill conceived.

To the Slog overlords, a couple of suggestions for the next attempt at a guest-Slogger:

(1) They should be required to lurk on Slog for at least a couple of weeks, reading the posts and comments. That way they'd have at least some clue about the regular weirdoes that hang out here, and won't go and cry if Poe tells them to shoot themselves {Chelsea, hint: he does that to someone about once a week; don't take it personally}.

(2) They should be instructed to at least attempt to write something relevant. And if they can't be relevant, at least be funny.

Posted by Reverse Polarity | June 17, 2008 11:42 AM

Oops. That was supposed to go on a different thread. Please ignore me.

Posted by Reverse Polarity | June 17, 2008 11:44 AM

Oh, go shoot yourself.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | June 17, 2008 11:46 AM

know you're a church.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 17, 2008 12:12 PM

oh,if you do this again, send someone to that Aquarian Church next to Safeway on 15th. I've always wondered what went on in there, and I have visions of church services in a big swimming pool...

with dolphins.

Posted by michael strangeways | June 17, 2008 12:27 PM

Reading the comments on that blog were priceless...

...especially since I've been there, in that awful place called religion, where you think that everyone else secretly knows you're right but are fooling themselves because they love sin.

But, Dan, they still have hope for you, and are convinced that the miracle of God both sent you to them and is working within your bosom even as we speak!

I wonder, though, since he was still able to quote the Luke passage, how the word of God is working in him even now…'s also precious how all religions think that they are unique, special, and they look for this pattern wherever they can find it. To wit, Quest felt "special" because they were chosen by Dan Savage himself...surely this is evidence that they are called!

i think it’s pretty clear that the folks at the stranger had an agenda. and if we’re all honest, we all do. but i found it encouraging in part also because while people may not want to admit it, there are many who are looking/examining the church. some with open heart and some with non. regardless, we are being watched.
Posted by Timothy | June 17, 2008 12:55 PM

Dan, you're awesome. I'm a member of Grace Seattle Church and I think it's completely legitimate to write whatever you like about your experience of any church. I think you're rad.

Posted by Stephanie | June 17, 2008 1:29 PM

@13 - and here you and the rest of us are...talking about churches and religion.

so, what does that tell you?

Posted by darin | June 17, 2008 2:03 PM

@15 - that you have no life and post on SLOG?

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 17, 2008 2:10 PM

I wouldn't mind if it was an annual event. I really enjoyed it. Just don't repeat churches.

Posted by monkey | June 17, 2008 3:09 PM

I wouldn't mind repeating churches, who cares? It would be super entertaining, at the least.

Posted by Stephanie | June 19, 2008 10:42 AM

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