The Common Good
March-April 2003

Hyperventilating for the Lord

by Rose Marie Berger, Kate Bowman | March-April 2003

Critics who insist the church is full of hot air finally have their proof: British
entrepreneur Mike Gill has introduced the world's first (and hopefully last)
inflatable church.

Critics who insist the church is full of hot air finally have their proof: British entrepreneur Mike Gill has introduced the world's first (and hopefully last) inflatable church. Forty-seven feet high and complete with blow-up organ, altar, pulpit, pews, candles, and "stained glass" windows, the bouncy house of worship is meant for weddings and can be rented for $5,700. A Church of England spokesperson dismissed the invention: "A church is its people, and you can't have inflatable people." Nonsense—we're sure Gill would throw in a few blow-up-doll witnesses in ill-fitting tuxes and hideous bridesmaid gowns for a modest surcharge. (We think the inflatable church is also suitable for street theater.)

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