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Mr T, that's a bit of a naive suggestion: folks are often deeply connected to their churches and have been for a long time. To suggest they should just change churches is to completely blow off the deep connections and relationships that keep them there. Of course, some may very well choose to make a change for parking/access reasons. And tons of churches in the district either aren't near transit stops here, or folks are coming from places not near reasonable transit service — not to mention the ridiculous metro waits on many weekends. Why wait 30 minutes for a train when you can be there in 30? I get that.

We chose a church in our neighborhood deliberately because we want to be part of a church that serves the neighborhood we live in so we can be more involved and hopefully get to know and serve and love our neighbors, but plenty of folks will make different decisions. And we started the church in a place near lots of transit in a dense, walkable neighborhood to help facilitate that.

I'm certainly sympathetic to their needs, though I certainly don't think they deserve free unlimited parking or primacy in neighborhoods on Sundays — far from it.

But let's be more realistic about solutions than just "hey, this guy here thinks you should just switch churches."

by Steve D (@whiteknuckled) on Dec 5, 2012 12:38 pm • linkreport

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