My home parish buried Dr. Jonathan Amy yesterday, a chemical engineer and professor at Purdue University who wasn’t famous for anything but doing good. He was an innovator in the field of chemical instrumentation – the university named an institute for him – founded a fire department, developed a subdivision and generally did everything he could to serve St. John’s, Lafayette, Indiana. He was brilliant so routinely that he was easy to take for granted – but here is why we single him out: he was exactly the sort of thoughtful, competent layperson on whom the Episcopal Church (and that parish) have always relied, and who are largely responsible for its continued success and viability. Give us 2000 lay leaders like him, O Lord, and we’ll give you 2 million believers.

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