Thursday, November 13, 2008

Good Stuff in TEC: Washington DC

Church of the Deaf Perseveres In Face of a Changing Culture

When the Rev. Barbara Allen begins to sing "Sweet Holy Spirit," many in the pews cannot hear her voice. But they follow along through the gentle rise and fall of her hands and eyes.

"The whole church can feel it," said Beth Hill-Holst of Bowie, one of 10 people who attended a recent Sunday service at St. Barnabas' Episcopal Church of the Deaf.

She signed her words to Ed Knight of Rockville, who is fully hearing but has been going to the church for 25 years.

"My dad was tone deaf, and it didn't stop him from singing," Knight responded aloud as he signed the joke to his fellow worshipers, who laughed or clapped in appreciation.

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