Here is a church. Here is a steeple. Open the doors. Hey! Where's all the people?
The Church at Roche Harbor
I like church, but I do not go regularly. Apparently here in Cascadia, neither do many of my fellow citizens - at least not the ones from the cities and close-in suburbs. (Click here and here for anecdotal evidence of that.) The further-out suburbs and exurbs... now, that's a different story.
I grew up in the South/Southwest part of the US - the buckle of the Bible Belt - as a United Methodist. I went to Episcopal schools from K-8, and Jesuit Catholic school from 9-12. I have a good working knowledge of the Bible and many denominations' views on things. In general, I believe that the coffee and cookies in the church basement all taste about the same, that is to say, a bit stale, a bit bitter, but always a little sweet.