Terry Fox is setting himself up with a new church just seven days after he stood up in a Sunday service and stunned the congregation he had lead for 10 years by resigning -- effective that instant.
Fox's resignation from Wichita's Immanuel Baptist Church left many folks in his congregation and the city scratching their heads. Although Fox has tried to portray his resignation as being a normal evolution of his political ambitions, others have noted that it probably was not based on "love and understanding." I also blogged about the oddities of Fox's departure, which didn't follow the normal procedure for a minister leaving a post. Lay leaders of Fox's old church have remained silent on the reasons he left.
The Wichita Eagle reports today:
After he (Fox) announced his resignation, he said he received between 200 and 300 calls from people -- many from Immanuel -- who wanted him to stay in WichitaFox is best known for his successful campaign to ban same-sex couples in Kansas from marriage, civil unions and any other legal right that married couples enjoy.
and continue to preach on Sundays.
He said he and his wife, Barbara, agreed to take on the new church late Friday night with the uderstanding that he would continue to travel many weeks during the year to work on the issues he wants to address.
"That's the only way I agreed to do this," he said by telephone Sunday night, "because I didn't want to change what I feel God has called me to do."