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How Would You Introduce Phyllis Tickle?

posted by Tony Jones

That’s the question that I tweeted yesterday. And then last night, before her talk, I introduced her by reading the tweets that came in. A couple people have asked me to post them, so here they are:

As much as she travels at her age, she is the Energizer Bunny of the Great Emergence!!!!

I’d suggest that you introduce her as a Christian who truly lives out the teachings of Jesus in her interpersonal relationships as well as a scholar on the cutting edge of 21st century Emergent Christianity.phyllis tickle.jpg

She is someone who embodies the dictum of James 2:1-5 treating equally all those whom she meets as children of God.

Phyllis reminds me of the oracle on the matrix.

As the world’s smartest granma. Although that might get you slugged.

Introduce her as the Stealth Bad Girl of the Episcopal church or this decades “NIXON in China”

I once heard her introduced, by a male pastor, as “the kind of woman I’ve always wanted to be.”

Phyllis Tickle, the Grand Dame of Emergence Christianity

As the smartest women around.

“Phyllis Tickle, the new National Coordinatrix of Emergent Village”

“Phyllis Tickle, the Oracle of Emergence”

“ladies & gents, the woman who introduced us to the phrase, ‘God is both the shit and the fan.’”

How about something like: “Every 500 years a monumental phenomenon occurs in the genetics of females…”?

Please tell them that she is responsible for a book of children’s prayers that i read every day with my 2 year old daughter, and I don’t know words powerful enough to express my gratitude.

Phyllis Tickle, the brilliant, badass Grandmother that you always wished you had.

I dream of some day being as smart as Phyllis. And as beautiful. And as prayerful. And as good. I’m not hopeful.



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Charles Cosimano

posted May 7, 2009 at 1:51 pm


“Here’s Phyllis Pickle,” followed by raucous laughter.
How could anyone resist a line like that?



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Tara Eastman

posted May 7, 2009 at 2:47 pm


Here’s a woman who can plainly explain the term pericoresis, tell you stories that will make you laugh and cry and won’t be stopped by a Buffalo snowstorm on the way to the airport. :)
Love her – thanks for sharing Tony.



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