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Men in Black
Abstract: Interacting with security at churchwide.
We hear that there's a visible security presence at the Churchwide Assembly, though surely some of the Men in Black must be clergy.
As part of the preparations for the Assembly's opening worship, Pr. Robert Goldstein brought a small bag of salt, intending to use it as part of a rite to purify the altar. Our reporter notes that Pr. Goldstein's approach to the altar with bag in hand elicited looks of concern from numerous black-clad bystanders stationed casually around the hall, and men wearing in-ear radio receivers went on the alert and positioned themselves to intervene. Not confident that he could explain that the white substance in the bag was just salt, Pr. Goldstein decided to forego the rite.