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Paul M. Abels

ABELS, Paul Milford.  b. Yellow Springs, Ohio, 4 August 1937; d. Rensselaerville, New York, 12 March 1992. An influential and controversial church musician, pastor and arts entrepreneur, Abels attended Drew University, Madison, New Jersey (BA 1959; MDiv 1963), and Union Theological Seminary, New York City (MSM 1965): his thesis was entitled ‘An Ecumenical Manual of Song for Young Churchmen.’ He was ordained in 1963 in the Methodist Church, the first openly gay minister with a congregation in a major Christian denomination in the United States (New York Times obituary, 14 March 1992).  From 1964-69, he worked for the National Council of Churches in areas of youth ministry in the arts, for...

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