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If preeminent chronicler of the Anglican crackup Christopher Johnson hasn't yet canceled his subscription to the Washington Diocese he will have noted the baptism announcement with photo that ran on page 5 of the May issue (PDF) of the D.C. Episcopal house organ.
The picture shows a woman cleric in vestments holding a baby by a baptismal font. She is accompanied by another woman and, in the background, a male priest who appears to be straightening his French cuffs after the ceremony. The accompanying text:
Baby, rubber duck take a dip in the font
Richard James "Jamie" Hamlett Gilson, 7 months, enjoys a bottle after his March 2 baptism at Christ Church, Washington, D.C. Jamie is the son of the Rev. Judith Davis, rector of Christ Church, and Anne Bathurst Gilson, at left, Christ Church's associate for program and administration. Bishop John Bryson Chane, at right, and his wife, Karen, are Jamie's new godparents.
And yes, a rubber duckie floats in the font.
Meantime, page 3 of the paper features a picture of Bishop Chane from the 1960s when he was a drummer with a band called the Spoonjobs.