Palm Sunday isn't really the best time to tell a congregation their newly merged church is in danger of closing and doing it in a town hall after an already long Gospel reading from Mathew makes it even more annoying. I guess finance might not be the only missing course on the curriculum at a Catholic seminary. Every now and then a priest says or does something to make me wonder if a course on Tact is missing as well.
In the several days since then several email threads have been flying back and forth but one person chimed in to say there is a difference between having religion as a PART of your life versus a situation where religion IS your life. This short statement from my friend Ward helped me to decide how to best respond and that response involves growing roots someplace new. For posterity, here is the banner from our former church's (pre merger) web site. The domain will expire in a few weeks and the site will go dark.