Kentucky church splits after church organist fired
Attendance at Lexington’s First United Methodist Church is reportedly down by about 200 per week since the firing of organist Albin Whitworth, the Herald-Leader reports.
(Click here to read it all.) I wrote about Mr. Whitworth when I worked in Lexington and was amazed by his musical talents. He conducted the choir and played the organ and kept a “rear-view mirror” next to him, so that he could observe the audience while he played. If you showed up late for services, he knew it. Choir members adored him, and the church was always standing room only on Fifth Sundays, because they were devoted entirely to music. I don’t know everything that went on behind the scenes, but I know this much: Firing Albin Whitworth [for reasons great or small] was a recipe for schism. The uproar here was entirely predictable and forseeable.