New Book: Crossing the Street by Robert R. LaRochelle Released

Energion Publications announces the immediate release of an important new book, Crossing the Street by Dr. Robert R. LaRochelle, presenting ideas on how Roman Catholics and Protestants can grow together in their faith.
Crossing the Street
Crossing the Street
May 4, 2012 - PRLog -- Energion Publications announces the immediate release of an important new book, Crossing the Street by Dr. Robert R. LaRochelle, presenting ideas on how Roman Catholics and Protestants can grow together in their faith.

The rift between Protestants and Roman Catholics continues to separate Christians from one another and to diminish our witness in the world. Words such as “heretic,” “apostate,” “idolater,” and “papist” have characterized much of the discussion over the last several centuries since the reformation. While changes in both groups over the last few decades have improved the tone of the discussion, much remains to be accomplished. Author Bob LaRochelle, as a former Roman Catholic and now a United Church of Christ minister, is well-equipped to guide us toward a more constructive relationship.

Crossing the Street ( speaks to the heart of the Energion Publications ( mission statement by advocating a “mainstream ecumenical center” in which Roman Catholics and Protestants can come to a deeper appreciation and understanding of the gifts they bring to one another. It demonstrates ways in which these traditions have misunderstood one another and even themselves, and then proposes strategies for both ecumenical cooperation and self-understanding.

This book is founded in a thorough understanding of both traditions and a commitment to ecumenical dialog and cooperation. It addresses both theory and practice. In a series of four chapters, it examines how we live in our own houses, the author’s own story, and then the gifts that each group offers the other.


Robert LaRochelle’s Crossing the Street is a masterful intellectual travelogue of a journey of faith.
Curtis Brand, Ph.D., author of Butterfly Moon

In his new book, Crossing the Street, Bob LaRochelle, raised a Catholic and now a Protestant minister, makes a strong case for ... crossing the street and finding out what our brothers and sisters are doing.
Susan Campbell, Columnist, Hartford Courant, author of Dating Jesus

As one who did “cross the street,” I highly recommend this book to those who are interested in learning from one man’s courageous and joyful journey
The Rev. Albert R. Cutié, Church of the Resurrection, Biscayne Park, Florida and author of Dilemma: A Priest's Struggle with Faith and Love

Here is a book about faith that helps us get behind the newest data on America’s ever changing religious landscape. Pastors, teachers and active lay Christians should read this important and very helpful book.
David J. O’Brien, University Professor of Faith and Culture, University of Dayton, Founding Director, Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture at the College of the Holy Cross, and author of The Renewal of American Catholicism

... an irenic call to all Christians to become better Christians by appreciating the treasures to be found across the street, no matter from which side one is crossing, even when one is not looking for a new home.
Herold Weiss, Ph.D., Author of Finding My Way in Christianity

Robert LaRochelle ... would hope to build a contemporary church culture that is open, ecumenical, unity focused but at the same time holding on to the best of its historic beliefs, practices and values.
Rev. Gregg A. Carlson, Center for Progressive Renewal

In writing this book, LaRochelle offers us a way of having an important conversation about religious diversity, religious mobility, and the central importance of Christian unity, so that our street crossings don’t always end up going in one direction.
Robert D. Cornwall, Ph.D., Author of Faith in the Public Square, Ultimate Allegiance, and Ephesians: A Participatory Study Guide

Read [Crossing the Street] and you will find your understanding of both the Protestant and the Catholic traditions newly informed and perhaps challenged to make efforts to promote inter-faith understanding. Practical suggestions provide for real involvement in co-operative activity.
Edward W. H. Vick, Ph.D., Author of From Inspiration to Understanding and History and Christian Faith

(For the full text of endorsements for this book, see our catalog page,

Crossing the Street is available at Energion Direct ( and from major online retailers.

About the author:

Bob LaRochelle holds a Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from Chicago Theological Seminary. He was raised in the Roman Catholic Church, attended Catholic elementary and secondary school as well as college and graduate school. He then served as a Theology instructor in Catholic high schools, a Diocesan level official in adolescent religious education, a parish youth minister and Director of Religious Education. In 1989, he was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate and served in that capacity until 1998. After a period of study to discern how he would continue to serve the church, he became an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ He remains deeply committed to ecumenical work within the universal church of Jesus Christ. He has been married to his wife Tricia for 31 years and they are blessed with three children: Brian, Kathleen and Stephen. He is a proud and grateful alumnus of the College of the Holy Cross. He is the author of PART-TIME PASTOR, FULL-TIME CHURCH (Pilgrim Press, Cleveland, 2010).

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