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Two Ministers Forge Friendship Across a Church Divide

posted on April 21, 2014

At The New York Times, Michael Paulson profiles the relationship of two ministers across the Episcopalian divide. Rev. Tory Baucum, a conservative who split from the American Episcopal Church, drove 100 miles south to introduce himself to the Rev. Shannon Johnston, leader of the most populous Episcopal diocese in the United States, and a supporter of same-sex marriage. They have fostered a relationship that is beginning to reduce tensions among Episcopalians and has reaped benefits for both of their congregations. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said, “The close friendship he has forged with Bishop Shannon Johnston, despite their immensely different views, sets a pattern of reconciliation based on integrity and transparency.”

Read at The New York Times