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@MJB--"I always hear how much religious institutions do for the community, but I never hear the specifics - don't think you can get away with this smoke-and-mirrors stuff in the capital of smoke-and-mirrors."

Just because you don't hear about it doesn't mean it isn't happening, so let's dispense that that assumption. I can only give you examples based on what my parish does:

-provides shelter for the homeless a few times each year during the winter
-delivers thousands of meals to Martha's Table (which serves the homeless) each year
-promotes clothing and food drives supporting places like the Capital Area Food Bank
-hosts AA and other community meetings nearly every day
-runs a tutoring program in a Ward 8 elementary school

(And for what it's worth, my church is not what would be considered evangelical...we undertake these ministries as a way of helping others, not to make converts.)

Anyway, those are just a few examples that come to mind. I'm sure no one here objects to efforts like Martha's Table or Capital Area Food Bank, both of which are also tax-exempt just like a church. But be realistic about from where these organizations draw support. It's no exaggeration to say that thousands of people in this city are fed every single day thanks to churches.

So, yes, churches do things. I mean, they should cut out the double parking, but yeah...they do important things.

by MJ on Dec 6, 2012 12:11 pm • linkreport

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