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2 years ago  ::  Jun 09, 2012 - 8:10PM #1
Nino0814
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Is the Church going the way of the Bookstore (losing its appeal and significance)?  If so, what is replacing it?
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2 years ago  ::  Jun 09, 2012 - 10:20PM #2
JimRigas
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I tried to visualize a church without attendance at the Sunday service and the only image that comes to my mind is that of the Flying Dutchman: a vessel without port. 

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2 years ago  ::  Jun 10, 2012 - 8:40AM #3
Dutch777
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If churches go the way of bookstore, shall we get our sacraments on-line from Amazon.com?

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2 years ago  ::  Jun 10, 2012 - 11:52AM #4
Jupiter6208
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Jun 10, 2012 -- 8:40AM, Dutch777 wrote:


If churches go the way of bookstore, shall we get our sacraments on-line from Amazon.com?





How about drive-in Communion? 





"A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person."  Dave Berry



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What the heart loves, the will chooses, and the mind justifies.”


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2 years ago  ::  Jun 10, 2012 - 1:45PM #5
Dutch777
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Jupe,


I'm not too warm to that idea.  Guess I habor residual traditionalist sentiments.


How about drive-thru funerals?


www.trinity.edu/mkearl/funeral_drivethru.jpg


Whatever happened to good taste, decorum and committment?

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2 years ago  ::  Jun 11, 2012 - 8:18PM #6
Dutch777
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Nino,


I've seen pictures of small churches turned into private homes and large churches condoized.  Arlo Guthrie has converted a de-consecrated TEC church somewhere in New England into a meeting center or meditation center.


Those big, old, dinosaurs are impossible to heat and prohibitively expensive to maintain, especially with diminishing congregations.  Things cost money, including religious institutions.  I would object if the churches were turned into gambling casinos, saloons or whorehouses.  As things stand, dioceses have limited funds.

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2 years ago  ::  Jun 12, 2012 - 7:57AM #7
Jupiter6208
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I think the future of Church will be in small groups and in people's homes. similar to how the Bahá'í Faith does it.

"A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person."  Dave Berry



You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger. Buddha.

What the heart loves, the will chooses, and the mind justifies.”


― Thomas Cranmer
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