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Thu Oct 11, 2018, 08:50 PM

13. why I love my Episcopal church ...

This is local for me. The Washington diocese.


On Oct. 26, his ashes will be placed in a niche in the crypt columbarium, a private, off-limits area on the lower level of the massive Gothic cathedral, which is the seat of the Episcopal Church and a popular spot for high-profile national spiritual events. Shepard, who had been active in the Episcopal Church, will be one of around 200 people interred at the cathedral in the last century. Others include President Woodrow Wilson; Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan; and U.S. Navy Admiral George Dewey, said cathedral spokesman Kevin Eckstrom. Although visitors will not be able to access the crypt, Cathedral officials are considering installing a plaque that they can view and touch, similar to the one in braille installed for Keller.

The Oct. 26 service will be open to the public, and it will be presided over by Washington's Episcopal bishop, Mariann Edgar Budde, and Bishop Gene Robinson, whose 2003 ordination as the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church set off a dramatic split in the denomination that is still unfolding. Robinson is friends with Matthew's parents, Judy and Dennis Shepard."If I know anything about God, it is that God can bring something good out of something terrible. And movements need symbols. [The gay-equality movement has] the triangle, that reminds of what was used to brand us during the Holocaust, the rainbow flag, and we've got Matt Shepard, who became a symbol of how we are targets of violence," Robinson said Wednesday night. "This could be a wonderful place for Matt's ashes to rest, and where people could go and make a kind of pilgrimage. All of us human beings need special places to go and remember important things, and I think this could become a destination for LGBTQ people who have known violence in their own lives, which keeps being an issue, despite all the gains we've made."

It wasn't possible to reach Shepard's family, but Robinson said his parents were "looking for a safe place" to put their son's remains and had reached out to Robinson after someone suggested interring him at the Cathedral."

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