Religion: Opinion in Richmond

The Rev. W. Leigh Ribble was disturbed. His Grace and Holy Trinity Church in midtown Richmond, Va. seemed to be doing well; its generally well-off Episcopal parishioners were better-than-average churchgoers and they were raising their children to be credits to the community. But earnest Rector Ribble, 48, who also edits the weekly Southern Churchman, had a growing sense that between him and his congregation there were "barriers of language, of plain ignorance and of lack of conviction."

Such barriers are common between ministers and laymen, Ribble is convinced, and he thinks he knows...

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