By Maria French
What makes the church more than a self-help option? In the name of ‘essential work,’ what are the categories of community the church provides for its congregants that are integrally Christian?
I don’t ask these questions because I know the answers.
I ask them because I think they must be asked and deeply considered.
If you are keeping up on the news across the U.S. when it comes to church openings (or non-openings) you will find that many pastors have fought against the continued government mandates not to assemble for the purposes of worship. There has been outrage, citing infringement on their first amendment rights, calling for churches to be seen as essential work as well as an invoking of mental health statistics among church goers who no longer have the comfort and community of their in-person Sunday gatherings.
There has been a distinct ‘us vs. them’ narrative when it comes to churches re-opening and...
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