Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Church Gardener Leaves, Flowers Cry, Thorns and Weeds Rejoice
Her only regret was that she thinks she misspelled "believe."
The note was slipped under the parish office door. Sheree Welsh, a member of the Episcopal church of Our Saviour for 22 years, former Sunday school teacher, cooker of the gumbo for mission and outreach, supper club member, and our volunteer church gardener for the past 10 years, submitted her request to be removed from the rolls of the church this past Monday. When asked for reasons as to why she was leaving, she said that since the Episcopal church has decided to follow a path that will lead to the ordination of non-celibate homosexuals and the blessing of same sex marriages, and since the church has abandoned the Bible as its foundation in order to pursue this path, and since the rector's sermons reflected his commitment to this course, she could no longer support this church. Shaking the mud from her boots, and closing her checkbook, she will be seeking the good soil elsewhere. When asked what she wrote in the note, she said that it simply said, "I believe in the Bible."