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Tuesday, 29 June 2010


Paul Fromont

I didn't emphasise it in the post - it was already too long - but I want to highlight Bill Wylie-Kellermann's introduction to the article that Both Len and I allude to in our respective posts. The introduction highlights the decision by Stringfellow not to become priest, and its IMPORTANT:

"...William Stringfellow (1928-1985)—Harvard-trained street lawyer, theologian of the Word, activist Episcopalian, notorious civil rights and anti-war figure—decided, at the early age of 14, to remain a layperson. Despite the pressured urgings of a local cleric, he made the decision not to pursue priesthood. “It was made fiercely,” Stringfellow wrote later, “more than likely because I was only in my early teens at the time. I would be damned if I would be a priest. That was what I decided. I would not be a priest, and moreover, I would spend my life refuting any who suppose that to be serious about the Christian faith required ordination. I would be a Christian in spite of the priesthood. . . . [Kellermann, p. 27; Stringfellow in “Second Birthday,” 1970, p. 79-83)..."

Read the rest of this Kellermann introduction by following the link below. It's also in the post.

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