I have to say that I am getting pretty tired of hearing about Heather Cook and the leadership of the Episcopal Church ("Episcopal leader in spotlight after bishop charged in Baltimore hit-and-run," March 7). There was a terrible tragedy, and now Ms. Cook will be tried for the crimes that she committed. Yes, mistakes were made in the process of her election to bishop, but it has been rehashed ad nauseam.

Nowhere is there ever published any of the good things that go on in Episcopal churches. On Sunday morning when I arrived at St. David's Episcopal Church in Roland Park, a large group of people were helping to make casseroles to feed 300 people at Paul's Place in Pigtown. Meanwhile, a Sunday School group was making pretzels as they learned about Lent. A group of adults were meeting to discuss Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, and a lovely choir was rehearsing for an upcoming church service. Each week a parishioner is sent out to take communion to a shut-in in the community.

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I suspect that if you peeked into most other Episcopal churches around the Diocese of Maryland you would find similar activities happening. There may be problems with the process of electing bishops, but there are incredibly wonderful things happening in the churches. I invite all of your readers to visit the Episcopal Church in their neighborhoods to find out how they can help heal a hurting world, praise God with a community of believers, and receive spiritual consolation and support.

Barbara L. Pilert, Baltimore

The writer is a member of the vestry of St. David's Church.

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