Friday, May 23, 2008

Community and ‘third places’
Most people have two primary places — home and the workplace — and then there is a third place where they feel anchored and part of a chosen community. It might be a bar (illustrated beautifully in the TV series “Cheers”) or a neighborhood restaurant, a house of worship or a bowling alley. Everyone, [sociologist Ray] Oldenburg argues, needs a third place.
What is your third place? Do you have one? If not, do you wish you did?
Quoted and asked by Tripp.

Or what might a small, intentional, experimental Protestant congregation in city-centre Chicago and a small traditionalist Catholic congregation either natural (like one surviving in an old ethnic neighbourhood or town) or again intentional (the Anglo-Catholic parishes flying under the Episcopal radar, or a Lefebvrist chapel) have in common?

Straightaway I can think of two things: they’re younger (except the old ethnic/town churches), more orthodox and more open to traditional liturgical worship and a sacramental approach (though the Protestants do it on their own terms) than many bigger congregations.

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