Master of Divinity

Chris Dierkes

Chris Dierkes (aka CJ Smith). 29 years old, happily married, adroit purveyor and voracious student of all kinds of information, theories, methods of inquiry, and forms of practice. Studying to be a priest in the Anglican Church in Canada. Main interests: military theory, diplomacy, foreign affairs, medieval history, religion & politics (esp. Islam and Christianity), and political grand bargains of all shapes and sizes.

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  1. sidereal says:


  2. Dara says:

    The video clip got cut off in my Google Reader, and as I clicked over I was so desperately hoping it would be the final chorus of this:

  3. Bob Cheeks says:

    Congrats!!, now you can say “the ancient words.”Report

  4. Alex says:

    …may you never abuse your power.
    My sister is an MDiv. She thinks that gives her the right to “rebuke” me if I ever mouth off to her…Report

  5. E.D. Kain says:

    Congratulations, Chris! That’s fantastic! Did you ever read Peace Like a River? The janitor thing made me think of it….Report

  6. Will says:

    Nicely done, Dierkes! May your priesting be serene and fulfilling. Or something.Report

  7. Cascadian says:

    Congrats. Vancouver is lucky to have your voice.Report

  8. Freddie says:

    Congratulations, Chris!Report

  9. Dan Summers says:

    As the partner of an Episcopal priest, I have seen first-hand how arduous it is to enter the priesthood and to find a church that can support one’s ministry. I offer my heartiest congratulations, and best wishes for a fulfilling and rewarding vocation.

    And the silly robes are the best bit, as far as I’m concerned. The only thing that beats them is a pointy hat.Report

  10. Chris Dierkes says:


    Sorry to disappoint. Apparently my aesthetic tastes are little less exalted than yours. 😛Report

  11. Chris Dierkes says:

    thanks to everyone for the kind words.Report

  12. Kyle Cupp says:

    Great joke! And congrats!Report