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The Ripped, Bikini-Clad Reverend [Episcopal Priest Wins Second Place In Ms. State Fair!]
NY Times ^ | April 20, 2012 | REV. DR. AMY RICHTER

Posted on 04/21/2012 3:41:33 PM PDT by Steelfish

The Ripped, Bikini-Clad Reverend REV. DR. AMY RICHTER April 20, 2012

I stood by the mailbox holding a package that weighed about as much as an apple. Inside, I knew, there was a bikini. I was almost afraid to open it. How could something so small hold such a big risk?

As an Episcopal priest, I am usually more interested in what is going on inside a person than in what shows on the outside. Most days, if I have official duties, I put on my black clergy shirt, my white collar and a suit that looks decent and head out looking like a priest.

Now here I stood with my package, wondering how “priestly” I would look in its contents. The fabric was fire-engine red; a sprinkling of rhinestones along the edge caught the light.

I needed the bikini for the physique competition at the Wisconsin State Fair. I started training the year before. I loved how strong it made me feel. Now I was about to compete in front of hundreds of people.

The competition would be on a Sunday morning, a day I had requested off for “a personal enrichment experience.” I would not know many people in the crowd. No one from church would be there. Men and women would perform poses of “front double biceps,” “side triceps” and “back lat spread,” while at the other end of the exhibit hall, judges would award ribbons for apple pie and pickled beets. This was a wholesome environment; still, I knew I couldn’t share widely what I was doing.

Decades ago my church decided that the ordination of women was a just and morally responsible thing. Some people left over the decision. Some people still tell me they struggle with the idea.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Religion
KEYWORDS: moralabsolutes

1 posted on 04/21/2012 3:41:40 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Boy, I was on that Catholic thread yesterday that said WE had troubles...


2 posted on 04/21/2012 3:44:24 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: Steelfish

Can Prosleytizing porn be far behind??


3 posted on 04/21/2012 3:46:05 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Steelfish

Apostate with abs.


4 posted on 04/21/2012 3:49:53 PM PDT by lurk
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To: Steelfish

When does she marry her girlfriend?


5 posted on 04/21/2012 3:51:57 PM PDT by Hostage (Be Breitbart!)
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To: Steelfish

Well, she might have a doctorate, but she has no understanding of the Church or the Holy Scriptures nor does she even have a lick of common sense. How tragic is the spiritual state of the Episcopal Church in the USA ... and, if it were not so serious, how comic. So, Rev. Dr. Amy, enjoy your personal body building, you are doing nothing to build up the body of Christ that is the Holy Christian Church.


6 posted on 04/21/2012 3:52:03 PM PDT by Belteshazzar (We are not justified by our works but by faith - De Jacob et vita beata 2 +Ambrose of Milan)
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To: Steelfish

Lord, please come soon. We need You now more than ever.

I don’t know why I’m shaking mmy head in disbelief. I should know better. The liberal mindset has destroyrd more souls than I care to think about, but I still pray for the blind and ignorant.


7 posted on 04/21/2012 3:52:08 PM PDT by mardi59 ( Go Newt!!)
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To: miss marmelstein

“Boy, I was on that Catholic thread yesterday that said WE had troubles.”
_____________________________________________

Yes, the Episcopal Church has been hijacked by the Gays and Communist atheist.
It was once the finest denomination in America, and I was a senior warden of a very old Episcopal church in Tennessee.
Many Episcopalians have turned to other denominations, Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, and whatever.


8 posted on 04/21/2012 4:04:28 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: Steelfish
I thought jessie jackson, al sharpton and calypso louie were desecrating the title “reverend”, this one puts the icing on the cake. She, just like the other three, could just as well reach up and try to slap the face of God. The bible has some real good rewards for hypocrites, all I can say is “please hurry Lord, we need You now..
9 posted on 04/21/2012 4:08:47 PM PDT by Gertie
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To: AlexW

We live in terrible times, Alex.


10 posted on 04/21/2012 4:10:09 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: Gertie

Let’s hope Sharpton doesn’t enter the Mr. Universe contest!!!


11 posted on 04/21/2012 4:12:41 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: Steelfish

after clicking to the article and seeing the Reverend in her work clothes, I say thank God there was no pic of her in the bikini with the article. Would have required eye &mind bleach.


12 posted on 04/21/2012 4:13:54 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Willard Romney, purveyor of the world's finest bullmitt. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: Steelfish
That's one collar that really begs for a matching leash and food bowl...


13 posted on 04/21/2012 4:13:59 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: miss marmelstein
Boy, I was on that Catholic thread yesterday that said WE had troubles...

I am going to send this to my Roman Catholic Priest..a former Anglican Priest

The Priest who served at the Anglican Parish in the UK after my Priest left there..divorced his wife, had a sex change operation, and stayed on as a Priestess.

The ladies at that Parish had a lingerie shower for him after his sex change operation.

14 posted on 04/21/2012 4:14:10 PM PDT by sockmonkey
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To: Steelfish

Guilty!

Only a mother....


15 posted on 04/21/2012 4:15:56 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: sockmonkey

I’m rewatching the classic television series “I, Claudius” about the first 3 emperors of Rome. Your story makes the Caligula episodes look tame.


16 posted on 04/21/2012 4:18:13 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: Steelfish
The competition would be on a Sunday morning, a day I had requested off for “a personal enrichment experience.” I would not know many people in the crowd. No one from church would be there. Men and women would perform poses of “front double biceps,” “side triceps” and “back lat spread,” while at the other end of the exhibit hall, judges would award ribbons for apple pie and pickled beets. This was a wholesome environment; still, I knew I couldn’t share widely what I was doing.

So she lied to get a day off, which she did on a Sunday, the holy day of rest, so she could sneak off and compete in a contest that she didn't feel she could let people know about.

Of course, once you decide females can be priests, you have to expect a few other commandments to fall by the wayside.

17 posted on 04/21/2012 4:19:15 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Hostage

>When does she marry her girlfriend?<

She’s currently married to a MALE...who’d a thunk it?!?

Click here to see “lucky” hubby: http://www.stannes-annapolis.org/the-rev-dr-joseph-s-pagano


18 posted on 04/21/2012 4:20:12 PM PDT by bimboeruption (Clinging to my Bible and my HK.)
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To: Steelfish

“We checked our makeup and did calisthenics to make our muscles stand out. We passed around spray cooking oil to give ourselves a thin coat.”

“The women should be dressed quietly, and their demeanour should be modest and serious. The adornment of a Christian woman is not a matter of an elaborate coiffure, expensive clothes or valuable jewellery, but the living of a good life. A woman should learn quietly and humbly. Personally, I don’t allow women to teach, nor do I ever put them into positions of authority over men—I believe their role is to be receptive.” - 1 Tim 2

I guess someone who pays no attention to the second part shouldn’t be expected to pay attention to the first, either...


19 posted on 04/21/2012 4:28:03 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (A conservative can't please a liberal unless he jumps in front of a bus or off of a cliff)
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To: Joe 6-pack
i heard that... w00f!!!
20 posted on 04/21/2012 4:38:35 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: miss marmelstein

“We live in terrible times, Alex.”
________________________________

You are quite right, and I fear that it will only get worse,
even if the Commie imposter is dethroned.

The MSM and “pubic” education is making sure of it.


21 posted on 04/21/2012 4:49:37 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: Steelfish

This is a VERY sad thread. How disrespectful so many commenters have been to the humanity of women. We are dimensional, not some background prop. I don’t blame her for having trepedations about revealing her intent to compete and expressing an aspect of her which celebrates her physical health and strength. Look at the sad way so many of you have replied.

Half the people in the world are female. It is wonderful that the Episopal Church has embraced that reality and recognizes that a priest with female experiences can bring a persepctive with which more women can identify and relate. This woman is a role model for anyone trying to combat limitations placed upon them by others in striving to realize their full potential.


22 posted on 04/21/2012 5:47:27 PM PDT by marsh2
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To: Joe 6-pack

Oh my goodness. I do NOT want to see this person in a bikini.

People have really become disordered.

Do you think they were this disordered 100 years ago? I don’t think so. They might have been hungrier and more miserable but I think they were more grounded in reality.

What a sad thread.

Father lady whatever you are, please go away.


23 posted on 04/21/2012 8:49:34 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: Steelfish

The Episcopal Church is a mainline Anglican Church. And where is the Anglican Church located? The UK!

As we all know the UK is leading the West to its destruction so it shouldn’t really surprise us to see this.


24 posted on 04/21/2012 9:16:36 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: marsh2

“I don’t blame her for having trepedations about revealing her intent to compete and expressing an aspect of her which celebrates her physical health and strength. Look at the sad way so many of you have replied.”

“The women should be dressed quietly, and their demeanour should be modest and serious. The adornment of a Christian woman is not a matter of an elaborate coiffure, expensive clothes or valuable jewellery, but the living of a good life. A woman should learn quietly and humbly. Personally, I don’t allow women to teach, nor do I ever put them into positions of authority over men—I believe their role is to be receptive.” - 1 Tim 2

I guess I’ll go with the Apostle Paul & the Word of God.

FWIW, I would also be appalled at a male pastor taking up bodybuilding, which celebrates appearance and the flesh over health and good deeds.


25 posted on 04/21/2012 9:30:33 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (A conservative can't please a liberal unless he jumps in front of a bus or off of a cliff)
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To: marsh2
Dear Woman

Cheers!

26 posted on 04/21/2012 9:36:07 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: bimboeruption

Hmmm. So his manager is his wife? It hardly seems like a good idea to have a spouse reporting to another spouse.


27 posted on 04/22/2012 10:32:02 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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