Smells-and-Bells Barbie

The Religion News Service is reporting that Barbie is now a second-career Episcopal priest.  And the church she serves is in Malibu (duh!).

Well, there IS a catch.  This is not a widely-available incarnation of Ms. Barbie, but a special edition gift made by one talented priest, Julie Blake Fisher, for a friend, Dena Cleaver-Bartholomew, who was settling into a new priest job.

This description is great: “She arrived at the church fully accessorized, as is Barbie’s custom. Her impeccably tailored ecclesiastical vestments include various colored chasubles (the sleeveless vestments worn at Mass) for every liturgical season, black clergy shirt with white collar, neat skirt and heels, a laptop with prepared sermon and a miniature, genuine Bible.

Apparently a devotee of the ‘smells and bells’ of High Church tradition, the Rev. Barbie even has a tiny thurible, a metal vessel used for sending clouds of incense wafting toward heaven.”

Perhaps my favorite thing about this story is how it’s an example of the scope of the internet.  Creative people have always done fun things for friends, but now we can all hear about it.  The article referred to Barbie’s shout-out on the Beauty Tips for Ministers blog and to Episcopal Barbie’s burgeoning Facebook Group.

Creativity can touch us all.  Thanks, Julie Blake Fisher.

~ by Cary on May 18, 2010.

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