A church of oddballs

A church of oddballs September 17, 2015

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The woman is wrong if she thinks that a great church means a place where atheists and agnostics and Christians should be able to just hang out and be awesome together. (We already have that: it’s called Starbucks.) But she is painfully right when she reminds us that, in too many places, Christian churches are places where you have the choice of being fake or leaving.

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  • We aren’t right now, but we were at one time, and I’d sure like to see us there again in a new way. Because of that, I’m pushing my seriously introverted pastor to do what our archbishop asked on the radio this Tuesday- to offer the sacrament of Reconciliation- the very sacrament for those who don’t feel they should be or can be Catholic- much more often.

  • jen

    Nadia’s issue is not that church needs to be a place where atheists and agnostics hang out. The reason AA allegedly is better than the Church is because at least with AA, people are being honest about the state of their lives.

    Her book, Pastorix, explains more of WHY she has this view on the church: she’s from a very conservative Church of Christ background where nobody was seriously tatted up with piercings or was transgendered. I think her church in Denver is probably attracting people who wouldn’t normally darken the doorway of a church and that alone is wonderful. I may not agree with her theologically but she is someone to whom I do listen.

    As for my church, we’re pretty homogenous but we’re also in a largely white suburb in the LA area. If we were in another neighborhood with a college with more international students, we’d probably be pretty diverse. It is, however, a church where everyone is welcome and we have lots of kiddos running around (90% boys — our priest frequently jokes during the announcement about how we need to get the word out that we *DO* accept girls in our Sunday school).

  • Louise

    Feelings of shame can accompany us when we struggle with various kinds of difficulties. It is probably quite normal to feel like this and to generally “not feel good enough.” Also, people outside the Church are *always* and I mean ALWAYS telling us we’re hypocrites. so, of course, if we are having major struggles (as I have for the past few years) we feel like we are total hypocrites for even daring to BE in Church. Fortunately for me, I continued to frequent the Sacraments, knowing they were always doing me good. Life is just really hard sometimes and it’s not always someone’s fault.