Pew Rental Plan Dropped by Church (1961)

New York, Jan. 21 (Associated Press)—Historic Grace Protestant Episcopal Church, one of the best-known landmarks in the city, has abandoned its 153-year-old practice of allowing persons to rent pews.

The Rev. Benjamin Minifie, rector of the church, told his parishioners of the move in a letter that will appear in tomorrow’s issue of the church calendar.

“It is my feeling,” he said, “that, because this is God’s house, any person should be free to enter it and to sit wherever he might choose.”

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