Support the Café

Search our Site

From Weapons of Mass Destruction to the Priesthood

From Weapons of Mass Destruction to the Priesthood

Fifty years ago the Rev. Wade Renn, a former employee of Boeing and the Atomic Energy Commission, decided that he needed to change paths. His new path drew him to the Episcopal priesthood:

The former Boeing and Atomic Energy Commission employee had spent the first part of his life helping to make weapons of mass destruction and participating in research that Renn would only describe as “nasty stuff.” His two physics degrees and scientific track record had earned him a spot in a prestigious Johns Hopkins think tank, but none of it brought him satisfaction.

None of it brought him peace.

“I realized that most of the things I was involved in had to do with killing and destruction, and I came to realize that something was wrong with that picture,” Renn told The Montclair Times…

But one of Renn’s most enduring stretches of work began with just a few sleeping bags. In 2005, he helped to form an ad hoc committee that provided sleeping bags to people they found sleeping in doorways and huddled on benches. From this humble beginning, MESH grew into a nonprofit organization that partnered with 17 local houses of worship to provide more than 10,000 meals to individuals in need in 2012.

Renn’s ministry to the homeless through MESH was recognized in 2012 by the Montclair Township Council in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The full story is available here.


Café Comments?

Our comment policy requires that you use your real first and last names and provide an email address (your email will not be published). Comments that use non-PG rated language, include personal attacks, that are not provable as fact or that we deem in any way to be counter to our mission of fostering respectful dialogue will not be posted.

Support the Café
Past Posts

The Episcopal Café seeks to be an independent voice, reporting and reflecting on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican tradition.  The Café is not a platform of advocacy, but it does aim to tell the story of the church from the perspective of Progressive Christianity.  Our collective sympathy, as the Café, lies with the project of widening the circle of inclusion within the church and empowering all the baptized for the role to which they have been called as followers of Christ.

The opinions expressed at the Café are those of individual contributors, and, unless otherwise noted, should not be interpreted as official statements of a parish, diocese or other organization. The art and articles that appear here remain the property of their creators.

All Content  © 2017 Episcopal Café