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March 11, 2011
9:26 pm
Tiffany Hahn
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As many of you are aware, I take my ministership with the Church very seriously. It is something I live and breathe on a daily basis. I have many visible piercings and tattoos, so I get the "did that hurt" question almost daily.

 

I have a question for everyone, and I want you to think about it good and hard.

 

Catholic Priests and Nuns take a vow of poverty, for example. If body modifications were part of the Catholic faith, I would expect to see very plain jewelry on their Priests and Nuns.

 

So what do you expect of your ministers? Is the point of a piercing the hole? At least for myself, I use titanium jewelry as protective amulets. But what about CZs? What about super bling?

Tiffany M. Hahn ☆ CoBM Minister
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March 12, 2011
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Jamesryan
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This is a good question, I hope you get more feedback than myself.

As an individual that just applied for minister status with the church just recently, I feel as though this question is geared partially towards me, simply because I am trying to become as you are. It is in my opinion that it is up to the individual for the purpose of their own spiritual beliefs and those views that they hold dear to them. I, personally, prefer to remain simple and organic without any bling at all and am working my way back towards that ideal.

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March 13, 2011
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I expect those placed, or who place themselves as potential role-models to follow their own path and desires, and not be influented by what they perceive others expect or would be impressed by.

The point of anyones piercing should be their own, and will vary. I don't see how that should be different because you take a particular role in this organisation.

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
April 4, 2011
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Chris Carter
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Plain jewelry on priests and nuns? Well, we all know how modest and subtle the pope can be.

 

But seriously, as a member, I expect ministers to carry themselves with integrity, competence, empathy, and knowledge. As far as the jewelry a minister may wear, your jewelry isn't there to communicate to me as much as it's there to communicate with your higher power. If a minister feels the need to wear a specific type of jewelry, bling or not, but they don't because they're afraid of what people might say, I would question that ministers integrity.

Having said that, if a minister is wearing expensive bling simply to show off, I would question their character. Like most things though, I think it comes down to intent.

CoBM ministers are the best though and I know they always do what is in their heart. :)

Church of Body Modification, President

April 4, 2011
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Oakbear
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You've resisted the tempatation to buy yourself a mitre then Chris?Wink

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
May 30, 2011
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I really think ones words and actions denote character faster than if they are wearing the sparkly gear. However, there is nothing wrong with a little bling. Growing up catholic, I always felt the vow of poverty was a bit much, because in the end, envy and greed seem to be the end result.

June 3, 2011
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apathos
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Out of ministers of any religion I expect people to be true to themselves, raw, and on an honest search for truth and connection with what they consider the higher power in the universe, which is why I'm disillusioned with so much religion.  If the bling is there so that you may connect with your higher self and to further your own spiritual path so be it, but if it's there or not there to impress others then that's more lame than a wheelchair factory.  Some people resonate with organic jewelry, some with synthetic, but those differences are what makes our spiritual development so beautiful, we all have a common core that manifests in near infinite combinations.

 

However, whatever the person's reasons for having whatever jewelry or presentation, ppl will still see that and make judgements based on their preconcieved notions.  So, if you wear a whole lot of bling or whatever and represent the church, whatever your intentions, people might see that and misinterpret the church as some sort of fashion statement.

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