Today four of Summit Hill’s churches along with the Summit Hill Heritage Center were open to the public. Linda and I went on the tour.
It was kind of sad. We only saw a few people taking advantage of the opportunity to see the interior of St. Joseph’s Panther Valley Catholic Church, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Hope of Christ Presbyterian Church, and Church on the Rock. All four churches were impressive, and all four are suffering the loss of membership.
I am an atheist, but I take no pleasure in seeing a decline in mainline churches. These churches are community centers, the communal glue that helps to hold us together and gives meaning to people’s lives. Their loss is our loss.