Taylor Armerding, editorialist for local newspaper, the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune had an op-ed in the Salem Evening News making the point that schools have become the new houses of worship. It’s an interesting thesis.
In my parents’ and grandparents’ generations, churches were the center of community life. Everyone looked to the churches for assistance, for socialization, and for hope for the future. Large numbers of very poor people poured time and money they didn’t have as well as hours of labor into building churches that we, in all our wealth today, could not duplicate for the expense.