“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?”
—Jesus Christ, Matthew 6:25
The Brooklyn Paper is reporting that The Recovery House of Worship (BK), a 120-year-old Baptist church on the corner of Schermerhorn Street and Third Avenue (that’s BAM and Barclays Center turf for those of you in Manhattan and Williamsburg)…
“…sits on one of the last big lots in the rapidly rising neighborhood and is looking for a deep-pocketed buyer to redevelop it. Church officials would prefer to keep the building, but they also want to cash in on the prime real estate it occupies, according to a broker….
The congregation wants a developer to bring in seven floors of residential, commercial, or hotel space while the church retains control of four lower floors, including retail space that the church could rent out. It is taking bids that would keep the existing two-story, red building standing, and ones that would tear it down.”
Personally, I like the idea of a big fat church sitting square in the middle of such a hotbed of post-game revelry.
Not for any moral reason. I just like the rub of “Oh, no. Holy Shit. I think I’m gonna hurl (on this church)!” And, how that causes a wee pause in the mind grapes. I especially like it when part of its ministry is:
“serving anyone in need of food, drink, prayer, or referrals to shelters, alcohol/drug programs, job info, and clothing.”
And, when you add a little bit of this anarchism-ishness, it kinda makes you smile:
“We believe that each local church is self-governing in function, and must be free from interference by an ecclesiastical or political authority and is free to participate with other churches in efforts that are in line with our stated beliefs and purposes.”
Anyway, I don’t have too much to say about this other than it sucks that these kinds of “Will someone buy my 120-year-old church” decisions need to be made when there’s a gigantic brandi-spanking new stadium around the corner.
And, speaking of Ministry:
God bless Al Jourgenson!
I was super into that live Ministry VHS tour video back in the 90s. Especially, Chris Connelly’s rendition of “So What?” Was mildly obsessed with him for a hot second.
I still remember going out and buying the vinyl of “A Mind is a Terrible thing to Taste” (which I still have) just because I had one listen of “So What?” on the radio!