I originally posted this at Padre Mickey's Dance Party, but it doesn't hurt to spread the word about fake emails from the Presiding Bishop.
Like everyone else, I receive many, many, many emails from wealthy women dying of cancer in the Ivory Coast, who, not wanting to marry outside of their paternal home (which the Bible is against) want to send me all their money. Why they don't want to share this money with the poor and destitute of the Ivory Coast is beyond me. I pop their emails into the spam file.
Today I received an email from the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church asking for funds for an orphanage in Uganda. I'm thinking it's not real. The email text is in italics Let's take a look at the text:
As an Appointed Missionary of TEC, I'm figuring the PB might actually address the email to me, not to "Dear , Blank ." Heck, even the Cancerous Widows of the Ivory Coast address me as "Dear Beloved of the Lord"!
Holy blessings and greetings to you. Hope you are okay and everything is going on well. I will keep you in my prayers. Thanks for your prayers while we were at the Lambeth. So, in everything you've ever read, or any video you've seen of the Presiding Bishop, you know she speaks exactly in this manner-or, perhaps, not.
At short notice, in the wake of events, we are making a humble appeal for a few dollars you can towards the treatment of Orphans in Uganda who survived a fire that gutted their residence killing 18 and wounding several of them. Your little contribution can be of help and change life! You too pray for the survivors who are struggling to get funds for surgery as we advocate for the MDGs. I will be very grateful for your assistance and consideration extended to us. Stay blessed always. I have attached a photo for you.This paragraph certainly sounds like the Presiding Bishop, doesn't it? Most people with doctorates have trouble using proper grammar and sentence structure when writing. Let's compare it to a paragraph from the Introduction to her book A Wing And A Prayer: A Message Of Faith And Hope: "Flying depends both on the physical wind and on the inventive spirit that led the Wright brothers and others to figure out how to harness that wind. And in the early Church, those folks we read about in Acts began to speak not only in other languages, but boldly, so much so that the onlookers thought they were drunk. They began to tell good news to people who weren't sure what it meant at first." Yeah, it certainly reads like the same author! /snark
Katharine Jefferts Schori
Emeritus Bishop of Nevada
Presiding Bishop and Bishop of The Convocation of American Churches in Europe
815 Second Avenue
New York City, NY 10017
http://www.virtueonline.org/portal/modules/paging/index.php?id=2 Well, we all know that "shalom" is the Presiding Bishop's catch phrase, but, somehow, I find the email addresses to be suspect, as well as the fact that she is linking to David Virtue's House of Pain. Yeah, that could happen! The Office of the Presiding Bishop always works with hate-filled reasserters! How could she not?
So, I dunno. . . should I "a few dollars you can towards the treatment of Orphans in Uganda" or not? OCICBW. . .
UPDATE: Rev. Kurt post the following in the comments at Padre Mickey's Dance Party:
In the past two days, we've heard from many who have received an email claiming to be from Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori.
It is called, “Hello and thanks for your prayers.” If you have received such an email, please be alert that this is false information and is a scam.
Scams of this nature have been circulating for awhile (we sent a similar notice in June). Suspect emails may come (or appear to come) from any number of addresses, such as email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com – these are false addresses. These scam emails are being investigated. If you have any questions or wish to report an email, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks, Faddah Kurt!