SHORT HILLS, NJ - Interweave is hosting a book event with The Rev. Jerry Anderson this Tuesday, June 25, 6:30 -8:30pm at St George’s Episcopal Church, Maplewood.

The Rev. Jerry Anderson has published his memoir: Ordained by Angels: A Memoir of an AIDS Chaplain. The book looks back at how the AIDS epidemic and his struggle to be accepted as a gay priest shaped his personal and professional life. The work delves into how he fought to keep his faith in a loving God and maintain his sanity in the midst not only of friends and loved ones dying, but the pushback by conservative elements of the Church.

Interweave has chosen Ordained by Year Angels as its Book of the Year. The executive director, Janet Aulet Maulbeck shared that “Interweave is proud is to be presenting this program during Pride month at a particularly historic and critical time for the LBGT community and LBGT rights. The memoir also reminds us of the importance of continuing the national conversation around health care.”

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Jerry Anderson served as a chaplain for 23 years, recently retiring as the Director of Pastoral Care at Good Samaritan Hospital in downtown Los Angeles.  In 1986 he assisted in founding the non-profit The Episcopal Caring Response to AIDS in the Diocese of Washington where he was the chaplain and repeated that in 1996 in Miami with the creation of the Episcopal AIDS Ministry at Trinity Cathedral in Miami.

Anderson will share his reflections on this critical time in history. The Rev. Bob Morris, founder of Interweave and a close friend of the author will be on hand to Interview Jerry and moderate the discussion.

The evening will include a “meet the author reception” at 6:30 and the program at 7pm. Book signing will follow.  

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This is a free Interweave community event. 

About Interweave

Since 1980, Interweave's mission has been to deepen spirituality, strengthen wellness and promote the common good. Interweave focuses on integrated spirituality for daily living, offering opportunities for growth and support through programs, retreats, and support groups. Interweave sees its work as a powerful vehicle for both spiritual, personal and social change. Interweave has campuses in Summit, Short Hills, Mendham and Montclair.