Episcopalians: Hippie Ordination

At St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Berkeley, Calif., a bishop and priests in white surplices and red stoles gathered around the altar for the ordination of a priest. Instead of the traditional ecclesiastical garb, the moustached young man in their midst wore a psychedelic chasuble festooned with yarn balls and tinkling bells. In the background, a group called Martha's Laundry blasted out rock settings of hymn tunes.

Thus was Richard York, 28, elevated to the ranks of the Episcopal priesthood this month. A 1967 graduate of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, York has been backed by a number...

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