Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Episcopal priest in Wilmington uses cartoons in ministry

From North Carolina-

Jay Sidebotham started out as an animator on “Schoolhouse Rock!,” the tuneful educational cartoons that aired on ABC back in the 1970s and ’80s.”

“I was old school -- pre-computer,” Sidebotham said, chuckling as he remembered the glory days of “I’m Just a Bill” and “Conjunction Junction.” “Seven million drawings for five minutes of tape. That might be why I wear these,” he added, tapping his glasses.

Sidebotham’s career took a turn when spiritual longing led him into the Episcopal priesthood. Since 2013, he’s been the associate rector -- “a very part-time associate rector,” he added -- at St. James Episcopal Church in Wilmington.

At first, he thought he was leaving artwork behind, but he soon found cartooning made a useful adjunct to his vocation.

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