Not a churchmouse


Reader Maria Tello, who contributes the above photo, is puzzled by the turtle outside Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ at Euclid Avenue and F Street in Ontario.

“Is he a greeter? Perhaps reminding churchgoers that slow and steady wins the race? Maybe he draws in the younger crowd, looking to ride a tortoise?” she asks.

Or draws in the older crowd who identifies with the tortoise, perhaps?

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  • meg

    Perhaps it’s an allusion to the Buddhist aphorism “It’s turtles all the way down.”

  • Bob House

    From the Bible: And the voice of the turtle is heard in our land — Canticles 2:12. While usually interpreted as referring to the turtledove (bird), it is sometimes associated with an actual turtle. Just a guess from a no-church sinner.

    [Begging the question: Do turtles have voices? — DA]

  • Bob House

    Indeed. More than anyone ever needs to hear, here:

  • Kate

    I went to preschool here and this turtle was in the sandbox. My dad has a picture of me on it somewhere.