Parish is to Megachurch as Localvore is to ???

My cousin, Pete Armstrong (and newly-minted proud papa) asks, “can the parish-based church and pastor make a comeback?”

I am instinctually wary of churches and other modes of organized religion, but Pete’s vision of a parish mission seems pretty good to me:

“We join with our neighbors, other churches, people of other faiths or no faith. We bring a hot meal to the homeless and hurting. We make awkward conversation with those who are vastly different from us. We gather around the Word and communion every Sunday. We fight for widows and orphans ravaged by horrific housing practices.”

What’s not to like? I’m looking forward to watching him wrestle with more questions.

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