Religion: Baptism by Theater

In the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan, 250 worshipers filed into St. Clement's Episcopal Church last week for what was billed as an environmental theater baptism service. Inside, they were led into a dark room. Fixed to the walls were the haunting images of the '60s: photos of the Kennedy brothers and Martin Luther King, front pages with dread black headlines. Further on, in an open bathroom, a young man in a towel was shaving, singing We Shall Overcome. Hippiesque youngsters extended open hands with greetings of "love." The worshipers got a surprise...

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