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Over the course of a complicated life, I've sailed through the doors of an awful lot of churches and temples and mosques. I've been inside tent revival meetings and group meditations and well ...you get the picture.
I'm always a visitor. I don't really feel at home, but I've almost never felt unwelcome. Actually ... I got caught inside a closed conference of the Divine Light Mission. Boy, was I unwelcome that day. Mostly, though, I understand the good feeling that accumulates in a room full of people who have gathered to experience something bigger than themselves, bigger than the sum, even of themselves. It's still a little bit of a mystery though. Why some people seek it out and why some people can't stand it. John Updike, often seen as the great poet of modern angst and alienation, said he got hungry for church if he didn't go for a couple of weeks. And maybe that makes sense.
Are you drawn to communal worship? Why or why not? Comment below or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.