Saturday, November 21, 2015

From Paris, a call for us to be beacon

From Lexington-

By last Sunday, a letter from Paris was read in our Lexington church and the focus of a sermon that made much more sense to me than the political pandering of some 30 or more American governors who say they will resist the resettlement of Syrian nationals in our county.

The letter, addressed to U.S. Episcopalians from a woman priest with many friends in Kentucky, asked for prayers for victims of the horrific slaughter in Paris and for the terrorists “whose anger, fear and hatred lead them to commit such acts.”

The writer was Lucinda Laird, dean of the American Cathedral in Paris, the famed mother church of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe.

Laird became the dean after 15 years as rector of St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Louisville. In Kentucky, she served on the board of Berea College and was the priest for my Louisville family and for the late Phillip Ardery, the war hero who led 200 pilots in the skies over Normandy in D-Day in 1944.

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