Reminder About When To Use (And Not Use) The Word 'Parishioner' : Memmos When discussing members of a church, the word doesn't apply to those in "non-hierarchal Protestant denominations," the AP advises.
NPR logo Reminder About When To Use (And Not Use) The Word 'Parishioner'

Reminder About When To Use (And Not Use) The Word 'Parishioner'

If we report further about the investigation into alleged sexual abuse in Southern Baptist churches, do not refer to those who attend the churches as "parishioners."

As The Associated Press says about the word, it describes a "member of a parish, an administrative district of various churches, particularly Roman Catholic and Anglican. Do not use for Judaism or non-hierarchal Protestant denominations."

Among the alternatives to describe those who attend the Baptist churches are "members," "congregants" and "worshipers."

‘Memmos’

Memmott’s Missives & Musings Standards & Practices Editor Mark Memmott writes occasional notes about the issues journalists encounter and the way NPR handles them. They often expand on topics covered in the Ethics Handbook.

About