Letters from Samaria

The Prose & Poetry of Louie Crew Clay

Louie Crew Clay, edited by Max Niedzwiecki

Nov/2015, 176 Pages, PAPER, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9780819232199



Foreword by Phyllis Tickle

• Louie Crew Clay has been the leading voice in LGBTQ issues in the church over the past forty years; founder of Integrity;
• Well-loved, well-known Episcopalian
• Funny, sharp, sad, thoughtful, poignant, historic
• Afterword by The Rt. Rev. Mary Glasspool, Bishop Suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles

Letters from Samaria gathers together much of Louie (Crew) Clay’s best and most influential prose and poetry, written from 1974 until the present day, including an essay composed especially for the volume. Much of the material has not appeared since its original publication in newsletters and other ephemeral sources. It is crisply written and often surprising for its bravery, matter-of-fact self-disclosure, insight, and love. Louie played a pivotal role in transforming The Episcopal Church – and, indeed, Christianity – over the past forty years. This collection provides a window into Louie Clay’s unlikely and at times shocking ministry throughout the years as history was unfolding.

For LGBTQ Christians and their allies across denominations, those interested in the history of acceptance, fans of Louie Clay’s writing

Read the first chapter of Letters from Samaria.

Louie Clay (né Louie Crew), PhD, who took his husband’s surname upon their legal marriage in 2013, was born in Anniston, Alabama, in 1936. In 1971 he founded Integrity, a group that has taken leadership in transforming The Episcopal Church’s stance towards LGBT people, and has remained an active campaigner for this and other causes. He earned a PhD in English literature from the University of Alabama (1971), and is professor emeritus of English at Rutgers University. He is the author of four published volumes of poetry. Louie and his husband live in East Orange, New Jersey. Louie Crew Clay  has served as a member of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church (2000-2006), an Episcopal Communicator, and the manager of several large e-mail lists for the Church

Max Niedzwiecki is a resident of New Orleans.

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