This is not Quasimodo ringing the bells. This is no conclave of hooded celibate monks pulling ropes while they chant out their change ringing. Here is a woman slamming levers on a contraption of steel cables and wood. “Time to call people to church,” she says and begins pounding out a series of hymns familiar to any American church-goer, a reminder that it is Sunday morning and people are gathering for worship. It is an audible sign the church is alive and God is to be praised with the sound of voice, organ, and, yes, clanging metal.

 

Photo of a bell ringer at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, Delaware.
Photo and text copyright 2018 by Danny N. Schweers
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