Response to graffiti creates a “billboard” message of grace and love

“Vandalism as conversation starter”
Imagine awaking some morning to find  the side of your church building spray-painted with graffiti?  What would be your first reaction?  Anger? Dismay? A desire to see the vandals arrested and punished?  Elizabeth Drescher, writing for Religion Dispatches tells what the pastor and wardens of Grace Episcopal Church in the small town of Randolph, New York, decided to do when confronted with this situation. They responded to the graffiti with a message of their own— but not displayed on a signboard out front.  See what they did instead.  (You can also read more about it on the church’s Facebook page.)  The church’s motto is “Live, Serve, Praise Christ through Grace.”

Vandalism as Conversation Starter 

Letha Dawson Scanzoni
Letha Dawson Scanzoni (1935-2024) was an independent scholar, writer, and editor, and the author or coauthor of nine books. In 1978, she and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott wrote Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?, one of the earliest books urging evangelical Christians to rethink their views on homosexuality (updated edition, 1994, HarperOne). More recently, Letha coauthored (with social psychologist David G. Myers) What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage (HarperOne, 2005 and 2006). Another of Letha’s most well-known books is All We’re Meant to Be: Biblical Feminism for Today, coauthored with Nancy A. Hardesty (Word Books, 1974; revised edition, Abingdon, 1986; updated and expanded edition, Eerdmans, 1992). Letha served as editor of Christian Feminism Today in both its former print edition (EEWC Update) and its website for 19 years until her retirement in December 2013.