Sunday, September 9, 2012

Retired reverend writes book on 'A New Way to be Human'

From Washington state-

He calls it "polishing the world." And "leaving a footprint of compassion."

With his new book and a lifelong history of working to brighten the world, the Rev. Robert Taylor is spreading a message of inclusion, goodness and spirituality from what was once darkness and despair.

His recommendations aren’t all that different from what parents might advise their children — create and share joy, don’t exclude anyone, listen carefully, discover similarities with others.

Kindness trumps everything, says Taylor, who lives in the Lower Yakima Valley. People don’t have to be divided by politics, race, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

An author, nationally known speaker and leader in social justice causes, Taylor, who is 54, was also the first openly gay dean, or head pastor of a cathedral, in the Episcopal Church.

Born in South Africa, he fled to the United States in 1980 because of his outspoken views against apartheid. He then attended Union Theological Seminary in New York, graduating in 1984 with a Master of Divinity degree.

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