Samuel Wells is the vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London and author of Learning to Dream Again and A Nazareth Manifesto.
Intolerance won the vote, but St. Martin's witnesses to a different reality.
It's dangerous to stress that an abuser isn't all bad. It's also accurate.
The woman looked at me with fear, pain, and trust—all things that the church has instilled in its faithful all these centuries.
Here are some projections and assumptions I face in my current context—and responses that reflect what the church I serve is called to be.
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