Victoria Schiavoni wrote in the November 29 issue, “In these days of redefining basic accepted words, i.e. marriage, is Christ [Episcopal] Church redefining the Christian faith?
Marriage is the commitment of love between two persons and its sanction by the state and, where desired, by religious ceremony. Marriage between a man and a woman is not being denied or redefined. It is being expanded to include everyone where love abides. Why should a segment of the population be denied recognition of their commitment to love and to establish a household with legal protection, as everyone else does who desires the same?
Jesus characteristically reached out to those who were marginalized in society, bringing them into the circle of God’s redemptive love. Often the religious authorities were put off by that. They understandably felt threatened, as we may ourselves. But while Jesus appeared to be undermining his own religion, in fact he was undergirding it with an appeal to the moral code, to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself.
I would hope we might be as wise as Jesus, and as gracious in his acceptance of everyone.
Rev. Robert Stuart
Member of Vestry
Christ Episcopal Church
I want to respond to Ms. Schiavoni’s question about Christ Church’s advertisement in your Holiday Book. In it we state that “In Christ’s love there is no ‘other’.” We proclaim that Christ’s love is extended to affirm homosexuals, marriage equality, and women priests. We at Christ Episcopal Church are humbly trying to follow Jesus’ example of welcoming everyone, especially those marginalized by their culture.
Historically, The Episcopal Church has taken risks because we see that as our work. An old national Episcopal Church advertisement (see Below) sums up our theology “In a religion that was born in a barn, an open door policy goes without saying.”
We welcome everyone to come help us love, as Christ loves.
The Rev. Karen Ann Campbell
Priest-in-Charge, Christ Episcopal Church
As we see the renovated John A. Ward Memorial Windmill anchoring our village, it is time to thank those who have ensured that it will stand for years to come: Dee Yardley, Village Superintendent of Public Works for his dedication over the past year in making the renovations a reality; Tom O’Donoghue for his generosity and fine craftsmanship; Mayor Gilbride and the Board of Trustees for their commitment to restore the windmill; The Directors of Save Sag Harbor for getting the fundraising efforts started; Robert Espach and the Sag Harbor Lions Club for managing the Windmill restoration fund; Chuck Miller and Charlie Grubb for their printing and mailing services; Captain Don Heckman and Matthew Guiffrida for offering their businesses for fundraising events.
I would especially like to thank those who contributed time and money to the project (my apologies for not listing everyone involved). From $1 purchases at bake sales to donations in the thousands of dollars for specific parts of the project, the people of Sag Harbor have shown their generosity.
Windmill Restoration Committee
Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce
The Strawberry Statement 1969
I, for one, strongly support trees (and in the larger sense, forests), flowers, mountains and hills, also valleys, the ocean, wiliness (when used for good), little children, people, tremendous record-setting snowstorms, hurricanes, swimming underwater, nice policemen, unicorns, extra inning baseball games, the dunes in Nantucket and Raggedy Ann dolls, among other things.
I do not like Dallas, Texas, people who go to the zoo to be arty, the Defense Department, the fly buzzing around me when I write this, protective tariffs, little snowstorms that turn to slush, the short days of winter, calling people consumers, and G.I. dolls. Also racism, poverty, and war. The latter three I’m trying to do something about.