John Shelby Spong speaks in a church in England. RNS photo by David Gibson

(RNS3-oct10) John Shelby Spong speaks in a church in England. For use with RNS-SPONG-PROFILE, transmitted on October 10, 2013, RNS photo by David Gibson

Sally Morrow

Sally Morrow

Sally Morrow joined Religion News Service in March 2012 as Photo/Multimedia Editor. She is a photographer and editor based in Kansas City, Mo. Morrow has worked as a multimedia editor and photographer at Newsday, The Des Moines Register, and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

1 Comment

  1. Carla Skidmore

    I first read Dr. Spong’s writing in 1998, when I read, ‘Why Christianity Must Change or Die.’ Dr. Spong rescued me from having the belief that I was a ‘heathen.’ I had always tried to be a good person, I tried never to judge another person because if his/her ethnicity, country of origin, or sexual orientation. I did not believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible, and I did not feel that I, or others were sinners. However, my husband was an engineer and an ordained Methodist minister. When he preached what his congregation wanted to hear, and I had great difficulty reconciling his words with what I felt. Thus, I felt so unworthy. Reading Dr. Spong, I knew, that not only was I ‘a worthy human being,’ but I was continuing to evolve into, hopefully, a better human being.
    When my husband retired from his career as a contract administrator and then as minister, he, too, read Bishop Spong, and concurred, and now if he has the opportunity to preach, he feels that he can speak of his progressive views, that mirror much of what Bishop Spong articulates.
    Thank goodness for Dr. Spong, as I honestly feel that he has helped to many of us who struggle with what many churches want us to believe and what we, many of us who work or have worked in a scientific world, actually feel.

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