These days - three decades later - my relationship with churches is a distant one - an occasional faraway nostalgia - but my increasingly wide ranging garden activities have led me to spend a fair amount of time driving down a nearby road alongside Kearney Lake through often dense forest past an unusual number of churches and tabernacles and not a whole lot else.
Further along this new commute is this place:
It's an Ethiopian Orthodox church these days, apparently. And a fascinating little place. Some light investigation is in order it would seem. Mind you - these phone pictures don't describe how tiny it is and how oddly placed. It's very narrow and inappropriately tall. Yes - some investigation is in order. How mysterious.
As a manner of contrast I thought I'd share an example of a contemporary church in the described neighbourhood, appearing as if like a vision carved from the lovely forest:
It has a monstrous, desolate, corporate feel, yes? The stark contrast between these two churches speaks volumes of how times have changed for some in between the birth of that first odd Church and this one. Not to be rude (again) - the truly vast canyons of empty parking spaces must mean something - people congregate here apparently - but I have to wonder how this building might affect the people inside and what this architecture says about the people who prefer it.