Originally Posted by Rick336
"The Sins of the Scripture," by John Shelby Spong
I met Spong many years ago when I sang for the ordination of a Episcopal priest in Morristown New Jersey- this was when he was still the Bishop of Newark, now retired.
We processed down the aisle to start the service. He was in front of me and I was singing away with the choir trying not to trip on my surplice and drop my music. The service took an hour and a half. At the end, we processed out. Now I was in back of him again. We got halfway down the aisle and he turned to me and paid me the most wonderful compliment on my singing. It stunned me.
While this seems like a small thing, his words came at a time in my life when I most needed to hear them- and from someone I admired and respected and even revered. His writing, more than anyone else's at the time, showed me- by its fearlessness and fierceness- that love and action weren't two separate things. He dared to address what no one had done up till then. He, more than anyone else I can think of, deserves the credit for starting the conversation on GLBT persons of faith and the church.
Bravo Right Rev John Shelby Spong!