The Uncomfortable Courage To Be Touched

Joseph Paillé

is the vicar at St. Peter’s Church in Manhattan and a candidate for ordained ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He lives in the Bronx with his wife, Anna.

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December 7th, 2014

In a culture of curated sharing, the intimacy of human touch can be daunting — even for a pastor. An essay on how the practice of laying on of hands is a quiet and necessary rite that ought to become part of our story again.