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As a churchgoer in the Thomas Circle/Logan Circle area, I say to many of these churches: Grow up, act like a decent neighbor, and be realistic about what you contribute to the community. The level of entitlement is frightening.

I have no patience with the illegal Sunday morning parking entitlement, partly because it drives me crazy in my own neighborhood when I can't get my car out because some church goer from Maryland has parked me in. Or when fire hydrants are block and visibility cut off by illegal parking.

My church has an arrangement with a local hotel for parking. If there isn't something like that right nearby, find a place and run a shuttle if the concern is elderly people or small children. DC has lots of empty parking lots on Sunday mornings.

I also think that churches need to acknowledge that the simple act of having worship services does not in and of itself mean you are contributing the community any more than a private club would. Churches that help address community needs of nonmembers without any intention of trying to make them members are making meaningful contributions to their neighborhoods. Otherwise they are just private clubs.

I think churchgoers that live and worship in DC need to call fellow churchgoers who are bad actors with unreasonable expectations. It's harder to claim that it is anti-religious bias when your fellow churchgoers call you out on your behavior.

by Kate W. on Dec 5, 2012 1:38 pm • linkreport

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