The Rev. Ed Privette, senior pastor of White Plains United Methodist Church, wasordered to pay $420,000 to two former churhc workers after a jury ruled last week that Privette hadsexually harassed them.
The controversy has divided the congregation. Some churchgoers, such asSarah Sheffield, were saddened by Privette's absence. Sheffield says she always got a lot fromPrivette's sermons.
Church spokesman Graham Wilson says churchgoers prayed Sundayboth for Privette and the three women involved in the lawsuits. Hesays they also prayed for the church.
Some say it won't be easy to put the situation behind them.Church member Ken Boyd says healing will take a long time.
Privette has not quit his post. Last year, church leadersdisciplined him for improperly hugging and touching church workers.