Letters from Samaria

The Prose & Poetry of Louie Crew Clay

Louie Clay

Nov/2015, 176 Pages, Paperback, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9780819232199



The definitive collection from one of thethe leading voices on LGBTQ issues in the Episcopal Church.

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 40 years. This collection provides a window into Louie Clay’s unlikely and at times shocking ministry throughout the years as history was unfolding.

LOUIE CLAY (né Louie Crew), Ph.D., who took his husband’s surname upon their marriage in 2013, was born in Anniston, Alabama, in 1936. He founded Integrity, a group that has taken leadership in transforming The Episcopal Church’s stance towards LGBT people, in 1974 and has remained an active campaigner for this and varied other causes since that time. He earned a Ph.D. 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. He died in 2019.

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