Religion: Disobedience on Trial

William Wendt is an Episcopal priest who has rarely flinched from trouble or feared innovation. His Church of St. Stephen and the Incarnation in Washington, D.C., has become one of the most liberal Episcopal congregations in the nation, active in the affairs of its neighboring ghetto and experimental in its liturgy. It was hardly surprising, therefore, that after eleven women were ordained in Philadelphia last summer as the first female Episcopal priests, Wendt was the first to open his church to one of them—Australia-born Alison Cheek, who celebrated the Eucharist there last November....

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