by Lee Penn
The United Religions Initiative, Globalism, and the Quest for a One-World Religion
Lee Penn’s Biography
Lee Penn is a health care information systems consultant and a journalist. He received a BA cum laude from Harvard in 1976, and master's degrees in business and in public health from the University of California at Berkeley in 1986. Since then, he has worked in finance and health care information systems - mostly as a consultant, assisting hospitals, health maintenance organizations, and other health care providers with automation and business planning. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as an undergraduate, and is listed in Who's Who in America (56th-59th editions) and Who's Who in the World (20th-22nd editions). He is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Lee Penn was raised as an Episcopalian, but became atheist while in college. After a six-year detour into Marxism (as a member of the New American Movement, a "democratic-socialist" descendant of the Students for a Democratic Society), he returned to Christ in 1978. From 1979 to 1983, he was a member of a Methodist congregation in Oregon; from 1983 to 1995, he was an active member of the Episcopal Church in Bishop Swing's diocese, including serving on a San Francisco parish's Vestry, heading its Finance Committee, and participating in its Search Committee for a new rector in 1994.
Lee Penn left the Episcopal Church in 1995 - pushed away by Bishop Swing's establishment of the
United Religions Initiative, Swing's 1994 acceptance of Matthew Fox as an Episcopal priest, and
the pro-abortion stance of the Episcopal Church. The last straw was when they started calling God
"she" at Penn's Episcopal parish; by the next Sunday, Lee was seeking a new spiritual home, and
began by worshiping at a Russian Orthodox parish. That year, he explored Catholicism and Eastern
Orthodoxy - and was received into an Eastern Catholic parish that is in communion with Rome but
worships, fasts, feasts, and prays in the Eastern Orthodox fashion. Lee's spiritual home since
1995 has been the Christian East. He says that his "history is evidence that God is merciful to
sinners, and shows that the writer of 'Amazing Grace' was telling the truth."
Through this series of articles, Penn hopes to speak to a wide audience, to liberals as well as to
conservatives, since the current and pending threats to liberty and to traditional religious
belief come from both political extremes.
The full book is now being made available on-line courtesy of
Sophia Perennis, the book's publisher.
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