Saturday, February 17, 2007

Dear Boston Globe Readers [updated 8 pm, 2/18]

Dear Boston Globe Sunday paper reader,

I'm so glad that curiosity about this weekend's article in the Globe about this blog
has brought you here, and welcome to Beauty Tips For Ministers!

Whether you're here because you're clergy or because you're a curious layperson, or because you're just bored and have nothing else to do, I'm glad you've stopped by.

As Globe readers now know, when I'm not blogging in the outrageous persona of PeaceBang, I'm the Rev. Victoria Weinstein of Norwell, Massachusetts.

In all seriousness, and as myself, I warmly invite you to consider a Unitarian Universalist congregation if you are seeking a spiritual home. We are a free faith tradition and gather in covenanted community to support one another in the search for truth and meaning. Whatever your religious background -- or if you have none at all -- you are welcome to join with us in the work of cultivating reverence, ministering to one another, engaging in the work of social justice and ethical commitment. We are a theologically diverse people and abide with one another in the spirit of love --
cherishing our doubts and differences and affirming the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
In the words of one of our spiritual forebears, "We need not think alike to love alike."

You can find out more about us at, where you will find a handy directory of congregations near you.

My own beloved community, the First Parish in Norwell, welcomes you to join with us on Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM for our worship services and Sunday School. We have a very vibrant congregational life in Norwell, with opportunities for religious education for all ages, service and outreach projects, and fellowship with a friendly, creative, caring group of people. You can learn more about us at, and I hope you will. (P.S. I will be guest preaching in Kingston this morning, so I'll see you next week in Norwell.)

Thank you to Globe reporter Michael Paulson for being such a wonderful and responsible journalist and for shepherding this anxious pastor through a story that, in the hands of a lesser writer, could have just been sensationalistic and embarrassing for me. A PeaceBang halo to you, Mr. Paulson.

[Oh my GOSH. I just now discovered the "interactive graphic" on p. 2 of the online version. What a riot!! It's like playing with a paper doll , and although I was very nervous when being recorded for the commentary, I don't think you can tell: ]

[After having listened to the commentary on the "interactive graphic" segment of the online story, I want to clarify that when I say that clergywomen need "more color," I mean not just color as in pink cheeks, but polish and definition of features regardless of skin color.]

To my readers who wrote to Michael with testimonials about the influence of this blog in your lives, bless your hearts. Your kindness and eloquence have deeply touched me. Even if you didn't make it into the article, Michael Paulson forwarded your e-mails to me and I have read them all. They are absolutely wonderful and inspiring.

Have a beautiful and blessed Sabbath.

[photo by my pal james estes, blogging as "peregrinato"]


Blogger Anali said...

Great article and you have a wonderful blog!

11:01 AM  
Anonymous Abbey of the Arts said...

PB, how fun to finally see you, you are beautiful! And a great article, thanks for your ministry.

11:34 AM  
Blogger revmama24 said...

Lovely, PB. You made my Sunday morning.

12:29 PM  
Blogger T-man-Sam_former Visigoth and musical Goddess said...

Great article!!!!

Peacebangs reach hit the cold snowy town of Ottawa Canada!!

Well done! Congrats!

This is attention you deserve and have worked hard for.

I am forwarding the article everywhere!


12:29 PM  
Blogger Louise said...

How wonderful to have your name, more photos, and your lovely, well-modulated voice in my head to go with your written words.

As I listened to the part of the audio where you discuss Jan's earrings, my husband just caught the part about "they may be distracting if they tinkle." He said, "Don't tinkle in the pulpit! That's good advice!" I'm not entirely sure if that's fashion advice...

1:06 PM  
Blogger ronia the resilient said...

I just had to tell my folks about the article and the blog... Great job!

Looks lovely!


2:37 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Nice bit of evangelism in this post. Way to go, PB! Great article, too.

2:43 PM  
Blogger Aola said...

Oh, PeaceBang, you are not only famous but you are beautiful!! So fun to get to see a picture of you and hear your voice.
Thanks for the link.

7:11 PM  
Blogger ms. kitty said...

PeaceBang, it's a wonderful article! Congratulations!

9:22 PM  
Blogger Caroline Divine said...

Fab! Just sent it to a friend in Europe :-).

LOVE the photo of you at the laptop. Great outfit and accessories.


10:25 PM  
Blogger Gannet Girl said...

Great article! And I have loved your blog for months -- you have such a terrific sense of humor and such an ability to hit the nail on the head insofar as the importance of appearance is concerned: much more significant than we might like to think but not of end-of-the-world proportions.

8:33 AM  
Blogger A. Lin said...

Great article! You didn't sound nervous at all.

10:27 AM  
Blogger RevKaren said...

Good article however a little bit of history and inclusion. African-American women from the pulpit have been fashion divas for years. Let's give our sisters some honoring here!

10:33 AM  
Blogger PeaceBang said...

Rev Karen, I did talk about that (and about the way that the Black church's sartorial splendor has inspired me) with Michael, but it didn't make it into the article.

10:38 AM  
Blogger Purechristianithink said...

Congrats on a great article.

11:55 AM  
Anonymous Sarah K. said...

Hee! It's very fun to "meet" you, PeaceBang. You could be on the radio with that voice--and the hair, outfit and accessories are all smashing, of course!

12:54 PM  
Blogger Katherine said...

So very cool. I thought the article was great. You've had a dramatic and positive effect on my confidence and thus my life and ministry, and I'm glad your work is receiving the attention it deserves!

2:57 PM  
Anonymous kate setzer kamphausen said...

Dear Ms. Peacebang:

If you are fat, I want to be fat. Good God, that is a stunning photo. We need more delicious clergyladies like you!!!

Thank you for the encouragement - just by being yourself, you encourage me.

3:28 PM  
Blogger PeaceBang said...

Kate, my delicious dumpling, let us just say that those are VERY FLATTERING photos. I should send you some from my recent trip to Guatemala, wherein I look like a petite linebacker. Kisses!

3:38 PM  
Blogger Kerygma said...

Amazing article, Peacebang! I can't believe he used my quote! And, for the record, I've never actually worn fishnets in the pulpit...

10:06 PM  
Blogger fausto said...

Yes, kerygma, when Jesus said to go out there and be fishers of men, it was just another one of those zillions of Biblical metaphors. He didn't mean literally.

10:26 PM  
Blogger PeaceBang said...

And I must chime in... if we wear fishnets, we'll be "fishing" in all the wrong ways. Unless you're wearing them under long trousers and just letting a tiny peek show, which is ssssssassy!

10:29 PM  

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