November 15, 2004

by Andrew Silow-Carroll
Think globally, pray locally

From an Atlanta-based consulting group for church leaders:

"The switch from congregations that are embedded in local places and the lives of people in those places to congregations in which members commute at least some distance to attend worship services and other activities is eroding valuable social ties within local places and among different groups of people, according to some social science accounts."

Isn't this what Rabbi Schorsch has been trying to tell us?

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CS Lewis, in The Screwtape Letters, praises the advantages of a local parish... where you pray with the people you're stuck with, rather than the people you choose.

I wonder: What could be done to increase neighborhood worship in non-Orthodox Jewish congregations without asking people to sell their houses?

In other words, what can the institutions do differently?

Posted by: Reb Yudel at November 15, 2004 2:57 PM
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