(Christian Post) A North Carolina congregation has permanently installed the controversial “Homeless Jesus” sculpture that had been previous rejected by other churches in the United States and Canada.

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church of Davidson received the sculpture as a donation and installed “Homeless Jesus” on their property last week.

The Rev. David E. Buck, rector at St. Alban’s Episcopal, told The Christian Post that the donated sculpture came “in honor of a former deceased member, Kate MacIntyre, who had been the Davidson Town Public Arts director.”

“We believe that art is intrinsically related to spirituality, irrespective of the subject matter. Combined with the subject matter of Jesus, it was for us a no-brainer,” said Buck.

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