As a member of the Atheists United crew who picks up trash along the Glendale (2) Freeway every month or so, I’d like to thank the Rev. “Skip” Lindeman for his acknowledgment of our efforts (“How do you handle atheists?” In Theory, Saturday). It has been my privilege to have met Lindeman several times over the past few years and to have been a guest at La Cañada Congregational Church, where I was made to feel most welcome and treated with hospitality and friendship — just as I was last Saturday afternoon at St. Cyril of Jerusalem in Encino, where we got to hear some magnificent organ and choir music at the mass, thanks to some talented and dedicated musicians, conductors and singers.
Although it was probably pretty obvious to them that I wasn’t Catholic, none of the strangers around me who smiled at me and shook my hand and wished me peace seemed to care that I was only there for the music. And when Father Vazken Movsesian stood with us at the corner of Broadway and Brand Boulevard during the Glendale Peace Vigil, I heard him say that we are called upon to forgive those who wrong us, even if we have to do so time and again. I consider all of these to be examples of Christians practicing what they preach, and I completely agree with what Movsesian said about our mutual disbelief in a particular concept of God.