[Date Prev][Date Next][Date Index]

Re: [HoB/D] Into the highways and hedges with the Episcopal Church

Listen to the highly unusual radio ad for St. Andrew's in Birmingham, 
Alabama at http://www.bradbrad.com/mt.mp3.  I wonder what the public 
response has been.  By the third time I listened, I loved it.

I have fond remembrance of St. Andrew's.  When I taught at the University 
of Alabama in the 1960s, St. Andrew's was the only parish in the state 
where one could experience Anglo-Catholicism.  On several occasions its 
rector visited us in Tuscaloosa to celebrate house mass.

My aunt alienated her brother, my father, when she viciously attacked me 
for leaving the Southern Baptists to become an Episcopalian (confirmed 
October 29,1961), so to get back in his good graces, my aunt asked to 
attend the Christmas Eve mass with me at St. Andrew's in 1963.  When we 
arrived, there was already such a vodka smell about that I was sure that 
another brick of charcoal or another candle might ignite the congregation; 
but she, a teetotaler, seemed not to notice.  With her country twang she 
dutifully and fervently sang her way through several of the carols.  She 
was belting out "O Little Town of Bethlehem" as Father Wirtz led the 
procession up the center aisle from the crèche at the entrance.  My aunt 
glanced over her shoulders at the doll he had in his hands, quietly 
gasped, "Idolatry!" and fainted.  Fortunately some resourceful soul had 
smelling salts. Revived, my aunt made it through the end of the service, 
but on the way home she said quietly.  "I hope you'll forgive me if I 
don't go again next year."

Four years later when I told my grandmother that I was gay, she replied, 
"What did you expect; you became an Episcopalian!"

Enjoy St. Andrew's ad, and be sure to visit when you are anywhere near

Louie Crew
Chair of the Newark Deputation.  Member of Executive Council.


Please sign my guestbook and view it.

My site has been accessed times since February 14, 1996.

Statistics courtesy of WebCounter.