Thursday, February 28, 2008

Come Hear Louie Crew

Louie Crew is coming to Fort Worth.

How astonishing that simple sentence is.

On Saturday, March 1, Integrity Fort Worth will host Dr. Crew, whose topic will be “Exceedingly Glad in Times Like These,” at Celebration Community Church, 908 Pennsylvania Avenue, Fort Worth, TX.

Louie will speak at 3:30 PM after the Holy Eucharist at 2:00 PM, led by the Rt. Rev. Sam Hulsey, retired bishop of Northwest Texas. Registration will begin at 1:30 p.m. There will be a reception in the parish hall following Dr. Crew’s address.

There is no charge if you pre-register online here. If you register at the door, there is a small charge.

Louie Crew is one of my heroes, and he's probably a saint, although he would blush at such a statement. He is also one of my most treasured friends, and a constant source of pastoral care.

On days when I've felt as if I could not remain in The Episcopal Church as it has been incarnated in the Diocese of Fort Worth for one. more. day. all I've had to do is think of Louie and his gentle perseverance in the face of unbelievable meanness, rejection, and, yes, hatred, to realize I just needed to quit whining and get to work.

Louie is the embodiment of "loving your neighbor as yourself."

Give yourself a gift. Come hear him tomorrow.

If you think you know about homosexuality and Christianity, come to hear him tomorrow.

If you are fearful about including lesbians and gays in the life and ministry of the church, come hear him tomorrow.

If you think that you "hate the sin, but love the sinner", come hear him tomorrow.

If you agree with Bp. Jack Iker on the issue of homosexuality, come hear him tomorrow.

If you disagree with Bp. Jack Iker on the issue of homosexuality, come hear him tomorrow.

If you love someone who is lesbian or gay, come hear him tomorrow.

If the thought of being in the same room with someone lesbian or gay makes your skin crawl, come hear him tomorrow.

He will not hurt you. He will only love you as his sister or brother in Christ.

Come hear him.

4 comments:

SUSAN RUSSELL said...

Hope it was FABULOUS ... we were off at vestry retreat ... Love to Gayland!

Pfalz prophet said...

Did someone take notes, or record his talk? Was there a Q & A session? How about attendance? Who can give us who were far away a taste of the event?

Katie Sherrod said...

You can read about the event here

http://integrityfortworth.blogspot.com/2008/03/exceedingly-glad-in-times-like-these.html

Kerry said...

I am sorry we had to miss the event. We were moving our youngest son from Austin and he would have loved to been there, too.

God gives us challenges so we can learn to love each other in different ways.

Nurse Kerry <><