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Letter: Tyler Millner
Some churches do help

Friday, August 17, 2012

I would first like to commend Kelsey Craiger (“Churches need to help,” Aug. 9) for calling our attention to church and her role in community caring and assisting with meeting human needs. I see several tensions between the church and the community reflected in Craiger’s article while bemoaning the lack of proper balance between church needs and needs of many who suffer in the community.

The writer is correct in highlighting the service tradition of the church.

Speaking of the church, I don’t know whether Craiger had a specific church in mind or church in general, which by inference is not interested in lending a helping hand … pay rent, electric bills, give food or help with a medical need. I am happy to say Morning Star has done all these and more. And I am sure there are other churches like-minded. In short, it is not a fair statement to generalize.

Could we do more? Yes. Given the number of churches in the two communities, should not there be both a stronger prophetic voice and leveraging of the power of church for more of common good? Again, the answer is yes.

Another tension is that of what the church spends on temporal needs. That is a legitimate question. However, it is not a fair criticism to lament the church for being a good steward by taking care of maintenance and upkeep versing meeting human needs.

Tyler Millner, pastor of Morning Star Holy Church



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