Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 52 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Location: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Mentioned in Baltimore

This columnist leads off with our sign, but the article is really about how sports championships rarely lead to real economic growth. For our neighborhood, having the team winning has sure been helpful to the economy!

DETROIT - Next door to Comerica Park sits St. John's Episcopal Church, where an electronic sign beckons with bright orange letters, "Pray here for the Tigers." The plea should erase any doubt that religion and baseball intersect sharply in the Motor City.
But the role sports plays - the role the Tigers play - can be a bit tougher to dissect.
The electricity that flowed through the stadium for last night's World Series opener was evident - so evident, in fact, that first glance would lead you to believe it lit up the whole neighborhood. But actually, that was the doing of Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who had three empty buildings illuminated so television images wouldn't depict a barren downtown.