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By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 02, 2006

The U.K.'s Church Times seldom fails to bring a tear to the eye. Or at least to make one's nose run.

A PRIEST in south London believes that her colourful personality builds bridges with parishioners. The Revd Wendy Saunders, Priest-in-Charge of St Saviour's, Eltham, sports pink hair, and is now the proud owner of a pink Nissan car.

During a sabbatical three years ago, she dyed her hair pink. "It was one of those things I did with no intention of keeping it. But, sadly, one of the children from our parent-and-toddler group was diagnosed with a brain tumour. While visiting the family, the husband, who had nothing to do with church, commented that I was nothing like a vicar because of my hair, and we got chatting. That was the start of something. Sadly, their daughter died, but when I took the funeral, I felt we had a good relationship -- helped, of course, by the pink hair."

What an interesting story.

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  • Posted by: benedictusoblatus - Jun. 06, 2006 5:41 AM ET USA

    Sinead O'Connor had a better idea ... shave it all off.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 03, 2006 9:05 PM ET USA

    "Go yea therefor unto all nations and dye thy hair in the name of personality." I wonder if she ever once used the "J" name? Lord, have mercy on the child she for she did not even get Moses and the Prophets.

  • Posted by: Meg Q - Jun. 02, 2006 7:36 PM ET USA

    Sweet Jesus, what must her vestments look like? Though it seems she does believe in getting out in the community - more than you can say of many of our play-golf-and-retreat-to-the-rectory priests.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Jun. 02, 2006 7:19 PM ET USA

    Yes, but this person should best be called a "priestess." Pretty in pink, but not a priest. Of course, Anglicans don't even pretend to offer the eternal and all-fulfilling sacrifice.

  • Posted by: rpp - Jun. 02, 2006 6:55 PM ET USA

    Since by definition, women cannot be priests, all women who become one must have some other motivation than humbly serving the Lord. All priests must be living examples of "Do all the glory of God." While certainly all priests are fallible, some seem to care about it less than others. I am just not how to pink hair glorifies the Lord.

  • Posted by: Clorox - Jun. 02, 2006 6:03 PM ET USA

    Shhh! Don't give Bishop Trautman any more new ideas.

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Jun. 02, 2006 2:49 PM ET USA

    well, it's better then some of the "pink" (& lavender) things in our Church... including some pick sanctuaries. ah, the things some won't do in service to the Lord.

  • Posted by: Quadratus - Jun. 02, 2006 1:19 PM ET USA

    Has the family in question returned to the Church? Or is it just a “good relationship” Did the pink hair witness to Christ and the need to repent? Or is this just a cute story of the Church of Mary Kay?

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Jun. 02, 2006 12:33 PM ET USA

    Sadly, yes.

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