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Watching the world from a spiritual perspective
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When it's Sunday morning at the mall! A growing number of churches have found homes at strip malls either by renting movie theaters or by obtaining spaces that formerly sold shoes or other items.
"Everyone is so busy that churches can't afford to isolate themselves on hilltops .... Places of worship have to become a regular part of everyone's life, part of the marketplace. And in our culture, that means the mall," explains the Reverend John Chell, one of the founders of the Mall Area Religious Council (MARC) in Bloomington, Minnesota.
This interfaith group got its start in the enormous Mall of America, which includes an amusement park as well as many stores. "We, as religious people, wanted to be part of the mall rather than isolated from it," says Rev. Mr. Chell. "We wanted to examine what opportunities the mall presented for those of us who care about spiritual values. We knew it would be an energetic place, and wanted wanted to be part of it."
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with contributions from Jan Jarboe Russell, Charles Colson, Lisa Collier Cool
So, what's next?
By Warren Bolon
TIME OF UPHEAVAL, TIME FOR PROGRESS
R. William Alderson
Developing the creative Spirit
Interview with artist Virginia Bailey By Kim Shippey
A devastating frost ... and the harvest that followed
By Evan Mehlenbacher
Peacefully resolving conflict: a firsthand experience from the Vietnam War
By Beverly Goldsmith
Find work that you love
By Clifford Kapps Eriksen
Too many problems?
By Barbara Beth Whitewater
Chest pains eliminated
Recurring nightmare ended; painless childbirth
Ingrid H. Peters
R. Jonathan Peters
Injured arm restored to full use
Priscilla R. Holzworth
"Put 'em in their place"
By Helen Tucker Parnell
Living alone? Treat yourself as a guest
Barbara M. Vining