By Ann Truitt
The inspiration for the course, and for my master’s thesis upon which it is based, were only possible by the incredible energy of the Holy Spirit that surges through our parish, and links us together to spread the Gospel. Because the amazing people at St. Michael’s are so willing to collectively tackle hard and uncomfortable problems, to discuss things about which we may not agree, and to never shy away from the hardest of subjects, we now have a course that can be shared with other Episcopal churches! And in sharing the course, we also share some of Saint Michael’s blessed spirit.
Above is a slideshow of photographs from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Shower of Stoles Project, which is a haunting display of over one thousand liturgical stoles from clergy of many denominations who were defrocked or gave up their holy orders because they are gay, or partnered, or a supporter of those who are. I took these photographs when the display was at Vanderbilt University. I hope you enjoy seeing some of the amazing explosion of sacred colors: stoles once worn by men and women of faith who answered God’s call to serve in ordained ministry, but who will never wear them again.