Many a reporter has started one kind of story that turns into another. You can either break it into two or more stories -- or, as the New York Times recently did, stitch them together.
That’s my guess for why a Times article begins as a piece on problems of a young minister, then blurs it with several paragraphs on problems of young ministers in general -- then makes it about problems of a young, black female minister.
The main character is a Brooklyn minister who is doggedly pursuing her calling, despite money and employment issues. She served as an unpaid associate pastor and worked as a hospital chaplain, and she still couldn't make it work. Why she couldn't is the muddled matter.
To read the Times, Atchison is a commanding, evocative presence, blending vocal skills, body language and inspirational sermons: