Around the corner in 365 days

There’s a new, original and delightful blog that I want to tell you about. It’s called neighborhoodchurches.blogspot.com

The point of the blog — to visit 50 different houses of worship in one neighborhood in one year.

The blog’s creator uses a pseudonym — Bob McGrath — a name he borrowed from one of the regulars on Sesame Street.

And he’s vague about where he lives, writing:

Where am I? Anytown, America, right next door to you.

Wherever he lives, it’s diverse enough to have an Islamic Center and its lush enough to have towering trees.

The author starts off, on Week 1, by returning to the church building he attended as a child. The original congregation has apparently moved to bigger quarters. A new denomination has moved in. Here’s how he describes stepping into the foyer for the first time in years:

The balcony was empty and the entrance was blocked. But the smell was the same. As soon as I opened one of the big double doors I caught the aroma of fundamentalism that I’d remembered from those early years.

(You’ll have to ask the blog author what fundamentalism smells like. I’m not sure.)

The visiting church guy shows up five minutes earlier than the starting time listed on the church’s web site, but the service is already in full swing. (It could be worse — I visited a church recently that started 30 minutes after the time listed on its web site.

Anyhow, this is a novel and fun new website. I recommend that you stop by Mr. McGrath’s neighborhood. I think you’ll enjoy it.

Updated: January 4, 2011 — 10:14 am

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