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Hines – A Saint of the ChurchBy Ken Kesselus
Regardless, he created the Seminary and provided its vision for the first decade or so, seeding it with leadership who would promote the highest values of cutting edge theology and build a place to train clergy to fill the needs of the post-World War II environment of rapid church growth.
This theology also led him to become an extraordinary champion of racial integration in Texas and, after becoming Presiding Bishop, to promote a radical plan to empower the powerless in American society during a period when the country seemed to be coming apart at the seams over the issue of haves and have-nots.
His legacy led the dioceses of Texas and Newark to place Hines on their list of saints. It is high time that the Episcopal Church catch their spirit and include John Hines on the list of Holy Women, Holy Men.
Who will step up to make it happen?
Ken Kesselus currently serves as the mayor of the City of Bastrop. Ken earned a Master of Divinity from Seminary of the Southwest in 1972.
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