CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1998 |
The church is silent when the Rev. Brian Sims takes the pulpit for his Sunday sermon. He pauses to make sure all eyes are on him, then raises his hands and begins preaching. Not a word passes his lips. "We're all different," Sims relates in American Sign Language, "but it doesn't matter as long as we open our hearts." Two deaf women lead the first hymn, which is played on tape for the handful of visitors who can hear. Sims, who also can hear, bangs a bass drum to mark the beat for the others.