Screenshots show Stated Clerk’s silent sentry

Parsons keeps a powerful pal nearby

July 7, 2010

A Calvin bobblehead

A John Calvin bobblehead watches the day's events during Wednesday's plenary session. —Photo by Tony Oltmann

MINNEAPOLIS

According to John Calvin, we each have our own calling assigned to us “as a sort of sentry post, so that [we] might not wander heedlessly through life” (Institutes, III. 10.09).

Who knew that John Calvin himself would turn out to be Gradye Parsons’ own personal sentry?

Every time the camera cut to Parsons during the election of the Moderator of the 219th General Assembly (2010) on Saturday evening, the buzz started again: Was that a statue of John Calvin standing watch over the Stated Clerk’s desk?

Yes, in fact, it was. And not just John Calvin, but a John Calvin bobblehead doll.

Presbyterians can only hope that he finds things to be decent and in order.