Addie, thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings evoked by the notion of viewing our gathering as church. I imagine that we each have experiences which shape the meaning and function of church. The strictures which I have witnessed and indeed the cruelty perpatraited by some church goers can be a strong inducement for one to take leave of same. I have to remind myself often that the spirit of love is what calls to me and basque in it, to weather the affront of intolerance and oppression. I know that I must find the strength to stay in the fray for without the presence of opposition we might all sucumb to the withering on slaught. While you remain I hope that you can draw succor from the warm embrace of the conversation and know that you will need it when you return to the place of your sorrow.