‘We are happy to see peo­ple here’

Cady cho­sen as per­ma­nent pas­tor of St. Paul’s Luth­ern Church in Torrington

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - FRONT PAGE - By Les­lie Hutchi­son

TORRINGTON — Af­ter serv­ing for more than a year as in­terim pas­tor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, the Rev. Scott Cady re­cently was cho­sen by the con­gre­ga­tion to be its per­ma­nent min­is­ter.

Cady said his min­istry at St. Paul’s rep­re­sents the pin­na­cle of his ca­reer, which be­gan in 1984 in Corn­wall. “I can stay as long as I want to,” said the 70-year old pas­tor.

This fall, the 800-mem­ber con­gre­ga­tion cel­e­brated its 50th year at its cur­rent lo­ca­tion at 837 Charles St. The first church build­ing was con­structed in the mid-1800s, Cady said, near what is now Coe Memo­rial Park.

The re­lo­ca­tion in 1968 to the cor­ner of Charles Street and Tor­ring­ford Road was con­tro­ver­sial, he added, be­cause it was an un­de­vel­oped area.

“There were woods ev­ery­where. The neigh­bor­hood grew up around us,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to doc­u­ments,

there are 430 Catholic churches in the state and 235 Con­gre­ga­tional Churches. But there are just 170 Lutheran churches in all of New Eng­land, Cady said.

The Pew Re­search Cen­ter shows that the Chris­tian faith ac­counts for 70 per­cent of church af­fil­i­a­tion in the United States. Of that to­tal, 25 per­cent are evan­gel­i­cal Protes­tants, and 20 per­cent are Catholic.

One of Cady’s first goals is to reach out to the area Chris­tian churches. He wants to re­new the nowdis­banded In­ter­church

Coun­cil to in­volve mem­bers of other faiths.

“I’m ea­ger to restart this,” he said. Cady noted that sev­eral churches in the city also have rel­a­tively new min­is­ters, whom he plans to con­tact.

Cady re­places the Rev. Michael Mil­lum, who served the church for 15 years. Mil­lum now is in­terim pas­tor at a church in Ge­or­gia.

The his­to­ries of the Lutheran and Catholic churches in the United States are sim­i­lar, Cady noted.

“We share a fea­ture, (mem­bers) came to Amer­ica without speak­ing English,” he said.

The early mem­bers of the two de­nom­i­na­tions

were Ger­man or Scan­di­na­vian , he said, and many Luther­ans set­tled in Philadel­phia and Delaware where they in­ter­acted with Na­tive Amer­i­cans.

“A wave of Scan­di­na­vians came and moved to Penn­syl­va­nia and the Mid­west” in the early 1800s, he noted. Those re­gions of the coun­try are where Lutheran mem­ber­ship is the high­est, Cady said, along with the Caroli­nas.

He said the early church “at best were tol­er­ant” of other re­li­gions. “They did not reach out.”

That has changed with the modern church, Cady said.

“We are more sec­u­lar now,” he said. “We stress prac­ti­cal ways to show love

to our neigh­bors who don’t fit into the mid­dle-class set­ting.”

One of the church’s most pop­u­lar com­mu­nity out­reach projects is the “Pup­pet­tude” min­istry that vis­its nurs­ing homes De­cem­ber. Co­or­di­nated by Judy Lud­wig, the group of about 25 mem­bers per­form a pup­pet show at Christ­mas time.

“Our mem­bers are good, hon­est and non-as­sum­ing peo­ple,” Cady said. “(St. Paul’s is) very open and wel­com­ing to peo­ple with is­sues of dis­abil­ity. We have an ac­ces­si­ble en­try.”

Cady said LGBTQ in­di­vid­u­als also are wel­come. “We are happy to see peo­ple here,” Cady added.

Lutheran churches are able to make de­ci­sions in­de­pen­dently from the hi­er­ar­chy of the church, he noted. “We want to em­pha­size what’s avail­able to the world. We know our neigh­bors have some­thing to add.”

Les­lie Hutchi­son / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia /

Rev. Scott Cady was ap­pointed as the new pas­tor by the mem­bers of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Novem­ber.

Les­lie Hutchi­son / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

St. Paul's Lutheran Church cel­e­brates its 50th an­niver­sary this year at its cur­rent lo­ca­tion at 837 Charles St.

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