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So many congregations are going out of missional work — in a way, their business — or merging or both. The pace of closings of buildings, if not congregations, is increasing as congregations get smaller and buildings get more expensive to maintain. Religious institutions are definitely in hospice — or at least experiencing a death on a cross somewhat of our own making. We have failed to move people to God for a long time and people (not God) have left the building. We have also been "gentrified" out of business in many places. Yet in this sizable grief, there is a joy hidden in plain sight.So many congregations are going out of missional work — in a way, their business — or merging or both. The pace of closings of buildings, if not congregations, is increasing as congregations get smaller and buildings get more expensive to maintain. Religious institutions are definitely in hospice — or at least experiencing a death on a cross somewhat of our own making. We have failed to move people to God for a long time and people (not God) have left the building. We have also been "gentrified" out of business in many places. Yet in this sizable grief, there is a joy hidden in plain sight.
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So many congregations are going out of missional work — in a way, their business — or merging or both. The pace of closings of buildings, if not congregations, is increasing as congregations get smaller and buildings get more expensive to maintain. Religious institutions are definitely in hospice — or at least experiencing a death on a cross somewhat of our own making. We have failed to move people to God for a long time and people (not God) have left the building. We have also been "gentrified" out of business in many places. Yet in this sizable grief, there is a joy hidden in plain sight.

Donna Schaper
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