Friday, June 3, 2011

Sam Waterston: Another Person Who Is Rather Fond of the Episcopal Church (2-09)

 In this month's edition of People Who Are Rather Fond of the Episcopal Church we spotlight Sam Waterston.  Yes, Law and Order's Jack McCoy is a long-time Episcopalian.  Sam has spent time off-camera raising money for General Seminary and the Episcopal Actor's Guild.  He is a classically trained theater actor whose other credits include a 'Best Actor' Oscar nomination for 'The Killing Fields' (1985).  You may have also seen him in 'Crimes and Misdemeanors' (1989), 'The Great Gatsby' (1974) or numerous other award-winning Shakespeare performances.

Sam has found something worthwhile in the Episcopal Church. Perhaps it's the beauty of the liturgy, architecture and music.  Perhaps it's an openness to mystery and contentment with not having to know all the answers.  Maybe it's a community of real people who are less concerned with acting holy than being holy.

Research says 90% of people who don't go to church would accept a personal invitation from an Episcopalian to attend Sunday worship.  For that matter they would probably accept a book, cup of coffee, or phone call as well.  So is there someone you can think of today, perhaps an artist or performer, who you can reach out to?  It's not about promoting an institution or denomination it's about promoting a relationship with Christ.  And let's face it, if we've done this through the Episcopal Church chances are there are lots of other people who might as well.  Stop by the Discussion Board and tell us about people you've helped find the Episcopal Church.

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