I have learned that 12 states prohibit recording calls without the knowledge of the one called. That is not the law in New Jersey, but obviously the law would apply to calls made into states that forbid such recording. Once I learned the law, my report was removed. That is why you cannot find it anywhere now. I disagree with the law, but did not, and will not, knowingly disobey it. I believe that the law conflicts with freedom of the press by forcing investigative journalists to _describe_ what they hear rather than to allow the rest of us to hear what they hear. I do not trust my own interpretation of what I heard in many of the responses when I called. That is part of what makes them so intriguing. The entire point of this exercise was to obtain candid evidence of what a gay person actually hears across TEC. I asked whether lesbians and gays are welcome at one parish in each of 100 dioceses, each a parish of a deputy. I never deceived anyone. When asked who I was, I always told, but I volunteered that information only twice, each for a person that I felt would recognize my voice. Most never asked. I was not concerned with reactions to me personally and wanted to minimize any influence my personhood might have. For almost all of them, I was a person who might be calling locally. Church telephones are not private. Those who answer them do not pay the phone bill. They answer on behalf of an institution that enjoys enormous advantages by virtue of offering services to the community. For more than 40 years the Episcopal Church has advertised, "The Episcopal Church Welcomes You." It seems a worthy goal of any journalist to test that welcome. As I said in my recorded introduction to the series, all of us are called to prophesy, and I urged others to call parishes with similar questions: "Are undocumented aliens welcome in this parish? Are the poor welcome in this parish? Are the homeless welcome in this parish? Are the divorced welcome in this parish?...." Those who answer church phones bear an awesome responsibility. Often they are the only contact that a needy inquirer might have, and they are called to manifest Christ's welcome to absolutely everybody -- regardless of any theological differences. In this particular series, I was moved by how clearly at least 90 percent of the respondents did welcome me. Many from varying "sides" of the issues managed to respond to a person. Some of the clearest statements of welcome came from custodial and kitchen staff who happened to be near the phones. I was also moved by the occasional anguished candor. I appreciated the willingness of some to tell me about clear limits to the welcome. But these are only my interpretations. No others will be now able to hear the evidence and draw their own conclusions. The series might have made a marvelous exercise for a seminary class or a parish ministry team to hear as a prompt to strategies for evangelism. Joy anyway! Louie Louie Crew, L1 Nwk, Member of Executive Council 377 S. Harrison St., 12D, East Orange, NJ 07018-1225. 973-395-1068 http://newark.rutgers.edu/~lcrew/queers.html Queers! For Christ's Sake! From: EMKaeton@aol.com [mailto:EMKaeton@aol.com] Sent: Friday, May 19, 2006 9:06 AM To: BishopsDeputies@hobd.org; INTEGNEWS-L@LISTSERV.AMERICAN.EDU; email@example.com Subject: Does the Episcopal Church Welcome Lesbian and Gay People? Does the Episcopal Church Welcome Lesbian and Gay people? Does YOUR church? Want to know? Louie Crew asked his computer to randomly choose 100 Episcopal Churches and then called them to ask. He also asked his respondents: "Would gays and lesbians be elected to Vestry or allowed to perform in any other leadership roles?" The audio files on the CD are now fully online at http://www.dioceseofnewark.org/TEC_welcome_lbg/http://www.dioceseofnewark.or g/TEC_welcome_lbg/ -- together with a list of the parishes/diocese in each track. Give a listen and discover what he found. Check out the parish listing and see if YOUR church, and the voice of YOUR parish administrator, volunteer or clergy is recorded. Make a guess as to what you suspect will be the response of a particular church in a particular area and then see if you are correct. It's fascinating. (Brought to you from the one man in the entire Anglican Communion who gets very little sleep but is rarely bored.) Blessings, Elizabeth + (the Rev'd) Elizabeth Kaeton The Episcopal Church of St. Paul 200 Main Street Chatham, NJ 07928 (973) 635 8085 www.stpaulschatham.org "Come. Grow. Celebrate." ____________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org is an informational "email list" of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark. Send address changes, REQUESTS TO BE REMOVED FROM THE LIST or questions about the list to the Episcopal House staff, the "list owners" at THE FOLLOWING EMAIL: <email@example.com> [The list service is provided by the Episcopal Church Office of Communication.]
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