Clerical Collars – I Need a Ruling: Do You Need to Wear Your Clerical Collar When Reading “Curious George” to the School Children? by Pr. Rossow

It’s good to have a little fun once in a while here at the ultra-serious Brothers of John the Steadfast blogsite. In this case, this could be be both serious and fun.

Sometimes I take the tab out of my clerical shirt – sort of like loosening one’s tie. (The tab is the little white thing that in the front of the neck of the clerical collar. Others wear a band clerical which wraps around the entire neck.) Yesterday afternoon I was scheduled to read a book in the library to the third graders from our day school. The librarian had asked me last week what book I wanted to read and I said that I liked “Curious George.” As I walked out of the church office to go down to the library, I noticed I did not have my tab in. I playfully asked the ladies in the church office if one was supposed to insert the clerical before reading “Curious George” to the children.

So, let’s hear what you have to say. Both silly and serious comments are welcome.

BTW – I had not read Curious George since I was a child. I was struck by how moralistic it is. That is not necessarily a bad thing. I noticed that in both stories I read (“Curious George gets a Bike” and “Curious George Goes to the Laundromat”) there was a common thread of George messing up and then thinking to himself that he must make up for his mistakes. Maybe the Kid’s Lit crowd in our readership can chime in and shed a little light on the morality of Curious George.

About Pastor Tim Rossow

Rev. Dr. Timothy Rossow is the Director of Development for Lutherans in Africa. He served Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL as the Sr. Pastor for 22 years (1994-2016) and was Sr. Pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran in Dearborn, MI prior to that. He is the founder of Brothers of John the Steadfast but handed off the Sr. Editor position to Rev. Joshua Scheer in 2015. He currently resides in Ocean Shores WA with his wife Phyllis. He regularly teaches in Africa. He also paints watercolors, reads philosophy and golfs. He is currently represented in two art galleries in the Pacific Northwest. His M Div is from Concordia, St. Louis and he has an MA in philosophy from St. Louis University and a D Min from Concordia, Fort Wayne.


Clerical Collars – I Need a Ruling: Do You Need to Wear Your Clerical Collar When Reading “Curious George” to the School Children? by Pr. Rossow — 55 Comments

  1. HAHAHAHA, this is hilarious. Was this article run in the Onion recently? Oh my, I got quite the laugh reading this; you were all joking right?!

  2. Okay, if C.G, is a bit “moralistic” , here is a book we use at home, & have for quite a few years. Tailored, for boys, or girls-remember…roles are different, folks.

    One must remind themselves, of Mummy’s & their little boys & Daddy’s w/their little girls. My boys, each got a copy, years ago (X-mas), but we still use it, when needed. Proverbs, is a brilliant Book w/in His Word…, always has been & always will be. Morals, values, & respectful/commended behavior, is best taken from His Word anyway! For our now, tweens, it has become a reference, for amending unsightly behavior.

    God’s Wisdom for Little Boys- Character-Building Fun from Proverbs, God’s Wisdom for Little Girls-Character Building from Proverbs, J & E George (no pun intended, they really are the authors-who knew?!). We, did these as Devotionals for our boys, when they were quite little (sniff, when they were eager!). Now…..they are to take the book, ponder the subject they have issue w/and then memorize the page, and re-read the book. Moral relativism, is rife, but Proverbs, is a Book that all should visit & re-visit often! Seeing things w/in the world, is easy, navigating w/in our Faith, w/being peppered w/all kids see, not so much. Pastor, take a peek at these two books, wear the comfy tab, and teach what they need to know to navigate w/in this realm. No one else, may… C.G. is ab fab, but it cannot replace, what His Word, already says, and is ready-made age appropriate!!!!
    I luv this series, my once little but now tween boys, still know Proverbs…they know who wrote it, why it was written, and to whom it applies. Which, if you walk on two legs, breath air & happen to be a “boy or girl”, it applies. Morals, aren’t S.S., but Proverbs, applies to both.

  3. I just bought our pastor a “casual” clergy shirt for the Sundays after Pentecost (figured he could get the most wear out of it!). (See These have the alternative “painted” collar!

    Curious George needs to talk to Ken Ham, just this morning on TV while my younger son was waiting to head to school, George was digging up what he thought to be dinosaur bones that the narrator said would have been there millions of years!

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