This is the talk I prepared for the Wendell Berry class that my pastor and I are currently leading at our church, Grace Chapel in Lincoln NE.
The question we’re going to be discussing for the rest of August is that of Berry’s relationship to the institutional church. To start out, I’m going to quote from two passages that are fairly representative of his view and then flesh those out with a few other passages that are less explicit, but do, I think, tie in with the general subject.
The lengthiest discussion of the church in Berry’s fiction is an excerpt from Jayber Crow talking about the revolving door of young ministers that passed through the town over Jayber’s time in Port William.
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