When I was a young boy growing up in poverty in the city of Westbrook my mother would work three jobs while putting herself through trade school as a single mom in the 1980’s. She still found the time to volunteer at the local church and bring me to Sunday school to learn about Christianity. She dedicated many hours of her time to the church and didn’t have money to give, so she gave her time and made homemade things for the kids.
She later met my stepfather and when they decided to get marred in this church, she asked for some type of discount rate). She was offered no such discount and charged the full rate and at the time it was a heavy burdon. The rate was covered by family members who wanted to see her wed in a fitting church. However, it was the last time we ever set foot in the church. Discussed with the lack of message and overwhelming fixations of proceeds, my Mom vowed never to return to this church. To this day she sees fit not to attend any regular church and only goes to random churches on select holidays.
I have followed suit for the most part with the same separation from organized religion. That is until recently, when I realized one can learn many lesions from Christian radio stations, if one sees fit to listen to the messages. I even found some books to read like the Dailey Bible with a 365 day plan of self taught bible study.
Anyhow I found it interesting today to see the church building that brought some regret into my life pictured on the front page of the Portland Press Herald. The church folded and is now reopening as a Hindu Temple. I'm certin that this church was not a Universalist Church many years ago and has had several denominations in it over the years. I have nothing against Hindus and hope they see fit to use the building well, from the sounds of it this building will have more people it now then it did 30 years ago. PPH Story
I’ve come to recognize that even radio programs require finical support in order to keep their message. I’m not against donations, I’ve come to forgive the politics of the old church and move on to spiritual development.
All over America there are churches closing their doors. Information is being disseminated through new mediums and it’s not all that impractical to have on-line learning for bible study, it may be more focused on religion and less on social politics. However there may also be a downside to this loss of community among Christians, who are supposed to become one group in common faith while staying on task with the lords word.