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She took that experience forward believing that “Part of the business of the church is getting out and meeting people beyond the walls of the church meeting people where the needs are,” she said.

“I see this as a nonthreatening way to do it,” Rutherford said. “Some people are hesitant to walk into a hallowed church, but the street corner? I see it as a way to reach lapsed, unchurched and de-churched Christians.”

Not all members of the ministerial association are participating, Rutherford said, but none of them have taken exception that some members are.

“For instance, ashes are not a part of the Baptist tradition,” Priem said.

Clergy involved include Priem, Rutherford, Gould, Jim Sauer of St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church and Robert Kloepping at Faith United Methodist Church.


Information from: Evansville Courier & Press,