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09/15/14 8:00am
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Stephen Fearing is the first newly ordained minister at the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church in its 270-year history. Stephen Fearing is the first newly ordained minister at the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church in its 270-year history.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO
Stephen Fearing is the first newly ordained minister at the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church in its 270-year history. 

The newly ordained minister of the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church is holding a spiky, slightly mashed seedpod from a sweet gum tree in the palm of his hand, the way a child might hold a much-loved, but threadbare stuffed animal. (more…)