A letter I received in the mail last week gave me a good chuckle:
I am pleased to inform you that you have been recently selected to represent Olathe, KS in the upcoming edition of The Metropolitan Who’s Who in Religion.
Your candidacy was approved on March 23rd. Your confirmation for inclusion will be effective immediately, pending our receipt of the enclosed information form.
This is your chance for the community to recognize you for delivering the Word of the Lord, and for the good works of your church’s outreach programs, so please complete and return the enclosed information card at the earliest opportunity so that all of your information appears as accurate as possible in The Registry.
Upon your final confirmation, you will be identified as an influential figure in the next edition of The Registry.
Remember, your listing in The Registry is complimentary, and on behalf of Metropolitan Who’s Who we look forward to your appearance in this year’s edition. Best wishes for your continued success.
This is likely a form letter based on lists from other publications that somehow consider me to be a pastoral type. I have received other mail in the past targeted to those in professional ministry. This almost makes me want to take on more religious obligations to earn the award, but recognition for religious activity is no longer an honor worth earning to me. I don’t need their approval any more.