Susan Russell has a story and Douglas Hunter is a storyteller. Susan's story is her life and Douglas' storytelling is his vocation. She is an Episcopal Priest, a mother, a church leader, a lesbian and someone I am proud to have as a friend. Douglas is a filmmaker, a father, a Mormon, and straight. So, naturally, given the wonders of life, he ends up making a film in which her story is central and they become friends. It's all in a story in the LA Times. Read it HERE.
It's a great story, but there are lots of great stories out there. This one is also in Anglican Land of course, because Susan Russell is a central figure in the progressive arm of The Episcopal Church and the president of Integrity USA. But what I realized in reading this article was that the story was also part of why I believe The Episcopal Church, with all its foibles (and there are many) is still the place in the Christian community of churches where I want to be.
I am proud of my friend Susan, proud of Douglas' faith that took his vocation to her door, and proud that in the credits the name "The Episcopal Church," crops up as home to Susan. It's my home too.
In all the high-toned words from the Primates lips to our ears, no one whispers "well done, good and faithful servants" to all those people whose stories are not easy to hear but whose lives are faithful to God, to God's call in Jesus Christ, and to loving kindness.
Susan and Douglas: Mensch of the Day x 2.