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  1. Crazy sh!t. My family is still in contact with our church's former pastor, and he even did a house blessing for us a few years ago. I wonder if he'll get in trouble for that (or if the UMC has a similar policy as TEC).

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  2. Rev. Lewis does more than a few house blessings, I am afraid. He is sometimes political in his stances – he doesn't campaign, but he does take stances that others may deem controversial.

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  3. We have a similar policy in the ELCA. As part of a healthy goodbye, a pastor is expected to be discrete in his dealing with former parishioners. It mainly has to do with letting the appropriately called pastor care for his flock. Exceptions are routinely made, former pastors come back to perform a marriage, funeral, or baptism…but, it usually involves the two pastors and the parishioners working out some kind of arrangement.

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  4. I can understand that, but Rev. Lewis has been doing this for years. As a matter of fact, I have only known him as a retired priest – a very, very, active retired priest.

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  5. R. Meadows

    The UMC policy is similar. They do not allow a pastor to return to even visit at the church unless they are formally invited by the current pastor for a special event. Continued relationships are discouraged.

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  6. I think I can understand the idea if the pastor is not retired, but Rev. Lewis is. And , as he has been a figment in Charleston's religious scene for decades, why now?

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  7. Concerned

    Today, Bishop Klusmeyer refused to attend the funeral of Rev. Esber Tweel, a longtime Episcopal priest and friend of Rev. Jim Lewis. Before he died, Rev. Tweel requested that Rev. Lewis perform his funeral. Rev. Tweel’s family begged the bishop to allow Rev. Lewis to perform the service. The bishop refused to formally approve the family’s request, and boycotted the service. The service was held at St. Johns Church in Charleston at 1pm. There were so many people in attendance it was standing room only. For a Bishop to abandon his own flock, in a time of deep grief and mourning over a leader in the community, for self-serving reasons… this smacks of negligence and frankly, a sin of pride.

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  8. Elkanah (John) Burns

    Can someone put me in touch with Jim Lewis.

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