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St. Stephen’s Church rocks

Posted: March 23, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 23, 2011 1:55 a.m.

The March 13 letter by Rev. Jay (“‘There will be no outcasts in this church’”) and the online comments that followed should, in my opinion, be required reading in American government classes to impress upon students the importance of our First Amendment.

Mr. Miano’s right to read the Bible and come to whatever conclusion he chooses to about who should or should not be ordained is protected — just as Rev. Jay’s congregation and denomination’s right to read the same Bible and come to different conclusions is equally protected. And equally protected is their right to express those opinions. God bless America!

And God bless St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, and all who work to proclaim the good news of God’s inclusive love. The Reverend Jay’s witness to love, justice and compassion is exactly the antidote we need to those who preach the kind of exclusion, judgment and condemnation that has convinced so many people they already know enough about being a Christian not to want to be one.

Keep up the good work, St. Stephen’s. You rock.


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