By David O'Reilly
The Philadelphia Inquirer (MCT)
Published: Friday, Aug. 17 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT
Hunger, health care, and urban violence are the usual subjects of concern when the Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia gathers for its semiannual meetings.
If the Mormon church is growing so rapidly as it claims, why doesn't it buy
some of these old churches and renovate them instead of building new ones?
When I was a young missionary, we opened up a town in Texas for proselytizing.
To start with, we met in our apartment for Sunday services and had 4-5 people
attending. Later, we became a dependent branch and rented a small building and
Red Corvette,Old, liturgical structures are VERY expensive to
renovate and maintain. Also, they often lack the classroom space and parking
the church needs. They are very tough to re-utilize in any cost effective
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