Paterson owns the pulpit: a sermon on the Games, the torch, sports as religion

From the Rev. Gary Paterson, the minister at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church, this remarkable sermon on transfiguration, sports replacing religion and the mystery of Olympic spirit: “something bigger than the hustle and bustle and protecting the borders, a dream . . . ”

From an initial scepticism and ambivalence, Paterson found himself changing his perspective at the torch relay and then at the opening ceremonies: “You could feel the hunger in those 60,000 people, to go higher, to be more, to be better than we normally than we are. It was a mountain top peak moment, when people said it isn’t impossible.”

Paterson, partner of councillor Tim Stevenson, would definitely own the pulpit in a preaching Olympics.