One of our former parishes was next door to the synagogue. One day over coffee, the rabbi remarked, “It’s tough to be a Jew in Greenville. We are forever telling our children, ‘That’s fine for everyone else, but it’s not fine for you. You are special. You are different. You are a Jew. You have a different story. A different set of values.’ ” “Rabbi, you are probably not going to believe this,” I said, “but I heard very much that same statement made in a young couples’ church school class right here in Bible-belt Greenville the other day.”

Stanley Hauerwas, Resident Aliens