While your article "Congregation vs. Community" by Megan Bungeroth captured very well the complexity of the issue of landmarking and religious congregations, the cover at least on the West Side Spirit may have created serious misunderstanding in a very delicate time. The large photo of West-Park under those dramatic words would leave anyone who only glanced at the cover with the impression that West-Park was still in a contentious relationship with our community. Since the official designation of landmarked status and our commitment to return and renew our mission in our historic space, we have sought and at some points received collaboration and support from our neighboring community. Our long range survival and success depends on a close working relationship with our neighbors which we sincerely desire. There should be no perception that the contentiousness of the landmarks struggle days continues.
Thank you so much,
The Rev. Dr. Robert L. Brashear