Quote Meister

Yes, it’s in there. At the end of the article. A quote from me. But read this article for Religion News Service by former Episcopal Life editor Solange DeSantis. It’s interesting, well-written, and covers a hot topic (H1N1). It also includes a quote from Laurie Wozniak, a friend and communications director for the Diocese of Western New York. Thankfully Solange  didn’t include my quote suggesting the church would be just fine considering we survived the Bubonic plague.

UPDATE: I just found out that I can’t actually post the article since RNS is a subscription service. Here’s the link. ANd below is the teaser from the first paragraph:

Flu fears prompt panic at the Communion rail

c. 2009 Religion News Service

Hand sanitizer in the pews. A cautionary bow rather than a warm handshake during the Sign of Peace. Empty holy water fonts. Increased absences from religious classes. The H1N1 flu pandemic is shaking up religious communities and disrupting worship life. But when does caution veer into paranoia, and what is lost when faith becomes fear?

Oh, and what the heck. Here’s my quote:

The Rev. Tim Schenck, rector of St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in Hingham, Mass., is taking all the usual precautions and found himself hurriedly writing a swine flu policy for his church after a parishioner’s child came down with H1N1. But he also mourns the emphasis on avoiding human touch.

“You don’t want to take this lightly or minimize it, but sacramental touch is being lost and that can’t be replaced by being washed in Purell. Sacramental touch is an outward and visible sign of God’s presence. It’s human interaction and communication at its deepest level,” he said.

As a priest, he said, “the Communion rail is a place of great joy — being able to feed people with the body of Christ.”  “It’s a shame that fear is being brought into the sanctuary,” he said, “because you would hope that the sanctuary is a place where there is no fear.”


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