Dating white collar men
Her parishioners say she is hard- working and committed, and as Rev Hitchiner says on her Twitter profile: ‘She loves many things: God, anthropology, The West Wing, good food with good friends, mostly God though . .’For the past six months, she has held the post of co-ordinating Anglican Chaplain and inter-faith adviser at Brunel University in Uxbridge, West London.Before that she was the vicar at St John’s Church in West Ealing.When she left last June, parishioners held a ‘Mad Hatters’ Tea Party’ in her honour to say goodbye.By her own account, she was brought up in Toxteth, Liverpool, the eldest of three daughters born to middle-class Christian parents who hoped to make ‘a difference’ to the then troubled neighbourhood in a way they believed the Anglican Church had failed to do. ‘I recognised aspects of me: I felt like I was looking at somebody else’s holiday snaps and looking at places that I had been.’ Precisely what she means by this is not entirely clear. It was during this time that she decided to become a priest.But Rev Hitchiner believes she is not alone in the clergy in enjoying the frivolities of fashion.‘It’s not that some supposedly frivolous areas in life are not worthy enough for God. Obviously, Nietzsche said a lot of things about God I don’t agree with, but there’s his theory that beauty makes you good, that engaging with things that are beautiful is an antidote to the ugly and the difficult.Rev Hitchiner’s unusual clerical style is apparent, too, on her Twitter and Facebook pages.
But it would be unfair to suggest that Rev Hitchiner became a priest simply because she thought wearing a dog collar might make her look groovy.And I’m very happy with the way things are.’Over the past few months, Rev Hitchiner’s profile has grown as she has appeared on various programmes on television to discuss the issue of women bishops.During one interview on breakfast TV last month she wore her pretty tiara clip in her hair.And the most common answer is: “I worry that I’m too fat to date.” I’ll be honest: I’m not surprised. According to the Center for Disease Control, 69% of adults 20 years old and over are overweight and 35% are considered obese.And yet even when the number of people who are considered overweight form the majority of the population, obesity is in many ways one of the remaining acceptable prejudices.
An interesting poser has been exercising the Reverend Sally Hitchiner over the past week.