Juliet, your father called. He said, “Read the subpoena”

It has been said that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

While that is the truth, one might note that names matter, and (legally speaking) truths are not always facts–especially as regards legal matters.

For example, “World Vision” has recently exampled why it is not named “Christ Vision”

Thus should one come across an e-account such as @WorldVision, one might infer it is an online voice of the charity named “World Vision”, and that inference might prove factual, or not. (Inferences, you see, are not facts, and facts need not be truths, legally speaking.) One needs must verify facts, not just infer them.

Thus, should one come accross an e-account such as “UCC_SIMI@anyemail.com” one might infer that any postings therefore represent the voice of that specific legal entity, with tax exempt status, which is known as and is located at The United Church of Christ in Simi Valley, 270 RoyalAvenue, 93065, USA

 however such an inference would be inaccurate.

Legally, names matter. Especially in legal matters, but also in metaphorical matters.
The fact is the only online voice having any legal connection to that especial theological and legal entity at 270 Royal Avenue is to be found via United Church of Christ – Simi Valley

[I know this because I attend that church. Yes, Muslims are welcome at this church, as are Hindu, Buddhist, Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Protestants, Christians, Mormans, Chin, Zen, Pure Land, atheists, humanists, straights, gays, bi, trans…: all persons, without reservation.]

Thus, one now might affirm, correctly, that any and all accounts using any initials or acronyms of the church name such  as but not limited to “UCC_SIMI” or “SIMI_UCC” are in no wise to be associated, neither legally nor metaphorically, as having  any legal or theological connection with that national legal entity known as “The United Church of Christ”, nor are any such online sites to be associated legally or metaphorically with that legal entity occupying the buildings located at 270-272 Royal Avenue in zip code 93065, nor with any staff, employees, pastors, teachers, or students thereof.

Names matter.

May the Gracious Lord, and able attorneys, ever protect the good and defeat the wicked, all ways.

Allahu Akbar: The LORD G-d is ever greatER!

(Do I hear an AMEEN?)


Once or twice in a lifetime
A man or woman may choose
A radical leaving, having heard
Lech lecha — Go forth.

God disturbs us toward our destiny
By hard events
And by freedom’s now urgent voice
Which explode and confirm who we are.

We don’t like leaving,
But God loves becoming.

It turns out this is a poem, called “Becoming,” by Rabbi Norman Hirsh 

(via the kindness of Jonathan Oskins )