Someone called me Reverend this morning....a small thing but it dawned on me that I am seldom addressed in this way. In church, in school, in the community I am always addressed by my name with no adornments.
If you knew me personally that would make absolute sense....
If I had to be addressed with conviction, it might well be laughing reverend or nearly reverend .
It's not that I'm not reverent because I am but it's not evident in casual conversation.
It got me thinking of the whole business of a titles.
We jump from Reverend to Right Reverend with nothing much in between. Maybe some more shades of address could be usefully employed.
Almost Reverend. Quite Reverend. Possibly Reverend.
On the upper slopes of ministry as well as Right Reverend there might be Very Reverend, except I think very might be being used already for something. August Reverend. Inspiring Reverend, Totally Reverend. I am sure a committe somewhere could be put to work for decades to find just the right nuances to cover all eventualities and then we should all know where we stand!
In the meanwhile feel free to add your own adjectives....but keep it clean!