Church Complex by James M. Harrison

Church Complex

James M. Harrison on the Value of Being Uncomfortable with Others

As we entered the building, I felt both familiarity and a distinct sense that I did not belong. Not all of the people seemed so very different from me. By outward appearances, some would have fit in quite well on a Sunday morning at my church. Others, however, appeared as if they had stepped into my world from a place quite foreign.

Much of what then occurred seemed both familiar and foreign, as well. There was prayer, scripture reading, and a sermon that, with a few key alterations, could be heard in any number of Christian churches across the nation on any given Sunday.

This particular service wasn’t taking place on a Sunday morning, howeve . . .