The true story of an Episcopal priest whose abiding faith enabled him to confront the conflicting temperaments evident in the mid-20th century. His ministry affirmed the sacredness of each person, of all races, of all genders, of the poor and of the Earth itself. His pastoral strategy was one of reconciliation. from a place he called “the perilous middle”. At life’s end there was a final personal reconciliation when William Nieman, Jr. accepted deteriorating health and early onset Alzheimer’s as his “Jerusalem”.
About the Author
A Vermonter by birth, William Nieman III grew up in Northern New Jersey. He attended Bard College where he received the Wilton Moore Lockwood Prize for “submitting the most distinguished writing.” After graduation, William pursued a career in teaching. He retired from the classroom in 2001. Beyond the Sheepfold Gate represents the first fruits of a leisure that has provided time to return to an earlier passion. The author lives with his wife, Suzanne, in Kinderhook, New York.