A Church's Art Program Goes Too Far in New York City

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When art gets in the way of church

Church of St. Ann and the Holy Trinity, an Episcopal church in Brooklyn Heights, New York, had a great idea: partner with a performing arts center. It could raise money to restore the church, publicize the parish in the community, and even help get some public funding. And for a long time, it worked--until the art got too edgy. "St. Ann's was a venue for artists who would sometimes fall between the cracks, who might not be rock-and-roll club artists, and not concert hall artists, which makes them alternative, whatever," former Talking Heads lead musician David Byrne tells The New York Times. "For some artists, playing there meant they could exercise their creative freedom, do something a little out of the ordinary." Sometimes too out of the ordinary. "It has been a very, very difficult situation for many years," says the church's rector, Joade Dauer-Cardasis. "People keep forgetting that this is an Episcopal church, that this is a sacred institution, not a secular institution." So Arts at St. Ann's is no longer at St. Ann's.

Columbine pastor resigns

Don Marxhausen, the Lutheran minister who performed Dylan Klebold's funeral after Klebold and Eric Harris went on a shooting rampage at Columbine High School, is resigning as pastor of St. Philip Lutheran Church. Marxhausen said that the congregation was getting ready to vote on whether he should stay, and that even if he won the vote, "I would always be associated with pain." Congregants complained that the funeral was held in the church, and that Marxhausen didn't pay enough attention ...

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