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  •  And having left, (3+ / 0-)
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    gramofsam1, wintergreen8694, gffish

    perhaps one finds that the church was not necessary in the first place?

    I think the church does not realize the extent to which they are losing credibility and membership in their attempt to reduce liability costs now. And once people are out, it's no longer like the 1400's... they are likely out for good.

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 04:10:33 AM PDT

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    •  Well I haven't missed it- (3+ / 0-)
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      wintergreen8694, ivorybill, gffish

      but I was the Catholic whose favorite part of the Mass was "the Mass is ended, go in peace".

      My husband, on the other hand, has left and returned several times. Some people do seem to have a need for a spiritual connection and find it in the rituals they grew up with. It does seem to help him with his tendency towards depression. He pays no attention to what the bishops spew, but the whole going-to-church experience seems to benefit him.

      •  Community, fellowship (1+ / 0-)
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        A quiet environment that in theory is not disturbed.

        Sometimes it is a fleeting moment only until one can face the outside world again.

        The routine of starting or ending a 7 day weekly schedule?

        Any of this make sense?

        I have had the same calming experience sailing or flying my own puddle jumper.

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