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Letters to the editor for April 10, 2021
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Letters to the editor for April 10, 2021

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A symbol of unity

A Catholic priest and a Baptist pastor stood together at sunrise on Easter. (Sounds like the beginning of a good joke?)

I do hope the reading public will forgive me for writing a letter to the editor that is of a positive nature and not a gripe. After attending the ecumenical sunrise service this Easter at the Surrender Grounds I just had to voice my enthusiasm. The Milton Construction crew has been starting each work day lately by reading a bit of "Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis. This past Sunday, I was able to visibly witness "mere Christianity" as several local churches met together to celebrate the most important holiday of the Christian year.

It was a beautiful morning. The service was brief — simple — and the unity of the Church was something the world needs to see more often (John xvii, 21). Rev. Gallagher's 10-minute sermon was unusually brief for someone such as myself, who is used to 30 minutes plus. But his message was to the point and I still recall what he said for the most part. Sharing Holy Communion with disciples of various churches brought a line of the Apostle's Creed to reality for me. The sunrise seen from the excellently preserved historical village on a chilly spring morning was a reminder we are part of a story that spans many centuries — a challenge to our "chronological snobbery".

Thank you to the Appomattox Ministerial Association for providing a much-needed symbol of unity in our struggling world.

TODD MILTON

Appomattox

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