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What happens when a piece of scrap paper tells a story 100 years later…

A couple of weeks ago I had lunch with a gentleman who was baptized at Redeemer in 1930, J. Elliott Lindsley. He eventually went on to become a priest, and served congregations from St. Stephen’s, Millburn, to the diocese of New York. He has maintained his ties to Morristown (indeed, he wrote the definitive history of the Morristown Club, of which he is still a member).

Elliott and I had such a delightful time at lunch, and he told such wonderful stories about the history of Redeemer, that he generously agreed to come to Morristown so that I could film him sharing some of the history of our beautiful building. As we walked from window to window he told me about the families that gave them, where they lived, their circumstances at the time and what motivated them to give the windows. Later, he walked right over to the candlesticks on the altar in the chapel and said, “Redeemer never had candles until I gave these…” and with a little squinting, we could read the inscription that they were indeed given in memory of his grandmother. (Historical tidbit: Elliott’s Flower’s, on the corner of South and Elm, was his family’s business until the forties.)

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Annual meeting offers challenges, affirmations, food for thought and exciting announcements

The challenge of keeping the Annual Meeting brief but informative is always great. This year we packed a lot in and for those patient souls who stayed to the end they were rewarded with a wonderful gift: a Redeemer travel mug! (Fear not– if you weren’t there and would like one, we have them for sale– a mere $10!). We heard reports from our Rector, warden, treasurer, seminarian and assistant, and elected new members of the vestry (Erin Dunn, Carolyn Moody and Debbie Quinn), warden (Wayne Walton) and Diocesan Convention Delegates (Diann Castiaux, Terri Fasano, Colleen Hintz and Wayne Walton, alternate). In addition, the Shalom Ministry Award was presented to Dave Jones. Two of the more exciting announcements included: news of a sizeable bequest and news that our guest for Pride weekend this year will be The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, retired bishop of New Hampshire (note that we will celebrate Pride Sunday on June 26th this year).

Bishop Gene Robinson to visit Redeemer

It was announced at the Annual Meeting that we will have a very special guest preacher on June 26th– the day that we will be celebrating Pride Sunday this year– the Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, the retired bishop of New Hampshire. Bishop Robinson was the first openly (or honestly!) gay bishop ordained in the Anglican communion, in 2003. His election set off a huge controversy that continues to have ripples throughout the church today.

Bishop Robinson will preach at the 9:30 service (we will be on “summer hours” at that time) on June 26, and will speak at a free public forum the night before, on June 25th, at 7p in the church.