Thursday, October 29, 2009

Adela Yarbro Collins and Leonora Tubbs Tisdale don't know what you mean

YDS Alumna: "Well, with a common enough name, someone's bound to be a pedophile."

(upon Googling her name)

Very carefully, or else it will peck you

M.A.R. Bible Student: "Well, think about ancient Egyptian, I mean, how do you inflect a bird?"

Discussing how Coptic is a non-inflected language

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

So, is OT like surgery and pastoral care the recovery room?

M.A.R. student: "But isn't that what YDS is? A hospital for recovering fundamentalists -- so all of us Pentecostals can come and then get turned into Episcopalians?"

Overheard: Life and Thought of Jonathan Edwards

The market really has gone up!

Student: "Since we can't afford an actual skeleton, here's a pattern we can use. It's kind of cheesy, I know. But actual skeletons are SO overpriced."

Overheard: Common Room

The upperclasspeople have some news for you

MDiv Student: "That's why people go to divinity school. To get married!"
MAR Student: "What?!" (while laughing and nearly choking on food)
MDiv Student: "So you need to start dating as soon as possible!"

Overheard: Commons

Monday, October 26, 2009

And they call US cocky!*

Minister: "So, where did you attend seminary?"

YDS Alumna/Minister: "Oh! I went to Yale Divinity School."

Minister: "Yale Divinity School! I was accepted there. If I hadn't gotten saved, I would have gone there!"

(Then, he just got into his car and drove away.)

(*not really)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Well, they can afford it

Lutheran student: You know what you are? You're a Southern classist Episcopal woman.

Southern Episcopal Woman: Do you want to take this out side? I will pay someone to beat you up.

Overheard: Refectory

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

It's so convenient!

Male student: "I wish I had a menstrual cycle. I wouldn't need a calendar then."

Overheard: off campus

I'm not sure that's what you meant to say

Professor: "Don't blow your wad on this."

(referring to using commentaries from lectionaries to prepare sermons)

Overheard: Introduction to the Old Testament

Kind of tough for most ladies

Student: "I would be an Eastern Orthodox but I can't grow a full beard. Isn't that one of the requirements?"

Overheard: Commuter Lounge

Saturday, October 17, 2009

I bet if you mix the two you get an explosion!

International student: My friend Wikipedia says root beer is awful.
American student: Is root beer our Vegemite?

Overheard: Commuter Lounge

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Shout out

What's up, Candler?

Sunday, October 11, 2009

and blessed be the Lipitor

MDiv: "...And butter and lard and instant rice... and blest be the tie that binds: cream of mushroom soup."

(preaching on the necessary ingredients for a church potluck casserole)

Overheard: Refectory

Now YOU get to be objectified!

Biblical Hebrew TA: "If there's to be true gender equality, there should be wet t-shirt contests for men."

Overheard: Elementary Biblical Hebrew

All this time I was mistaking the Holy Spirit for gas

Professor Waggoner: "For Barth, this is the first frame in a theological horror movie. Aliens! The Trinity is going to burst out from inside of you!"

(speaking on Rahner's view of God's hidden-ness inside of man)

Overheard: Systematic Theology

Friday, October 9, 2009

Did he have a long white beard and a lightning bolt? If so, run.

An older man passes the hall by the commuter lounge.

Student 1: Hey, wasn't that one of those guys?
Student 2: Who?
Student 1: You know, emeriti or whatever?
Student 2: You mean, like, the old dead white guys whose pictures are up in the
Student 3: Or not quite dead yet, in this case.

Overheard: outside the commuter lounge

Who let you in anyway?

Joseph Britton: "That's what I want to put on a bumper sticker: 'Get your bishop out of my misery and my joy.'"

Overheard: Anglican History & Theology II

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Would transubstantiation and substitutionary atonement help us here?

Student: That's awesome! Can we have a plan for zombie invasion?

Overheard: Commuter Lounge

And there's nothing wrong with a birthday suit!

Dale Peterson: "It wasn't scandalous; he was just naked."

Overheard: YDS bookstore

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Aw yeeeah, boyyyyy!

Dean Britton: "By the way, today is a very important day in the diocese of Virginia. They have a new bishop."

MDiv Student: "Oh Shit!"

Overheard: Berkeley Colloquium

Don't share everything, folks

MDiv: "There are used tissues in my cassock. And they aren't mine."

Overheard: Before Eucharist in Marquand

Friday, October 2, 2009

Or Aramaic for Tequila?

M.Div Student (in a bad Scottish Accent): "In the Bible they said Jesus turned water into Wine, which is just Hebrew for Scotch."

Overheard: Berkeley Dinner

Is Prozac like a can of Off?

Prof. Denys Turner: "Life is like a swarm of mosquitoes. You can only swat one at a time, and there's always ten more."

Overheard: Commuter Lounge