A housing debate that has raised questions about the identity of wealthy Winnetka spilled into church today, when a retired pastor took to the pulpit to proclaim that efforts to keep affordable housing out of the village are at odds with God’s vision.
The Rev. Paul Allen, pastor emeritus at Winnetka Congregational Church, has been a vocal supporter of a plan pending before the Village Board that would help create for-sale and rental properties for those who make far less than the median household income of $201,650 but not less than $45,000.
During a biannual return to the church Sunday, Allen used his sermon to question the values of the plan’s opponents, especially those expressed in a recent letter in the Winnetka Talk newspaper that asked: “Would you want to live next to the maid?”
He said certain wealthy Winnetkans were determined to self-segregate, but that God’s children were sent to Earth to support, love and enjoy one another — even when it requires hard work.
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