As some of you know, I used to be what is now called "an Episcopal
clergyperson". I, on the other hand, had been ordained a priest. In my
case, I like to say: "IF God didn't want me to be made a priest, He's made
the same mistake twice." (Literalists will cry out: "God doesn't make
mistakes!" To which I respond: "Nothing gets past you."
As a result of having been an Episcopal priest, every month (as it did
today), a check arrives from the Episcopal Church Pesion Fund. There's a
story about that which might be useful to others.
When I first told the Episcopal Church I wanted the retirement for which
various, well-intentioned, honest persons had paid , expecting me to receive
that, the administration of the Clergy Pension Fund answered: "We don't
think we are required to give you that pension, since you renounced the
My response, being the person I am, was: "If you do not pay me what I am
supposed to get, I will sue the Episcopal Church. Moreover, I will alert the
media. How will it look in the headlines of the New York Times? 'Orthodox
priest sues Episcopal Church for his pension' ."
And, what do you know? Pratically by return mail, the Episcopal Church
Pensinon Fund sent me a check. (That I knew the bishop who works there may
have been helpful. He likely knew I meant what I said.)
"The workman is worthy of his hire."