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Is Church Still a Curator of Culture?

A cross plugged into computer screens. Illustration courtesy Bruce Rolff/shutter

A cross plugged into computer screens. Illustration courtesy Bruce Rolff/shutterstock.com

My wife and I are attending our denomination's national assembly in Orlando this week. Last night, we went to a retirement party for one of her mentors. As a group of ministers tends to do, they concluded by gathering around, laying their hands on, and offering him a prayer of blessing. Then the group spontaneously broke out into a round of song that went on for a few minutes. It was both beautiful and touching.

The wait staff, however, wasn’t quite sure how to take it.

"Wow," one bartender said," that's amazing. You guys can all really sing."

Amy just smiled.

“That's church," she said.

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