Church shopping is the death of any good Christian, but it is important to visit other churches from time to time to see that God is not contained within our own expression. Today, visit a church other than your own. This may mean attending two church services if you have obligations to your own local congregation. Preferably, visit a church of a completely different orientation. If you’re an Episcopalian visit a Missionary Baptist church, if you’re a Roman Catholic visit a Presbyterian church. Check you’re ego and ask God to show you how these people are also brothers and sisters seeking to follow the same Christ you are.
Ragan Sutterfield is a writer and Episcopal seminarian sojourning from his native Arkansas in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of Cultivating Reality: How the Soil Might Save Us, Farming as a Spiritual Discipline and a contributor to the book Sacred Acts: How churches are working to protect the Earth’s climate. Ragan’s articles and essays have appeared in a variety of magazines including Triathlete, The Oxford American, and Books & Culture. He works to live the good life with his wife Emily and daughter Lillian.