Should we stay or should we go? December 7, 2007Posted by davegoblog in Berea, Future, History, Religion.
This Sunday afternoon, the members of First Congregational United Church of Christ (the church we attend) in Berea, Ohio, will vote to decide whether or not to open negotiations with Baldwin-Wallace College on their offer to purchase our property and the buildings located on it. As with a lot of smaller churches today, our congregation is struggling to bring in new members and to maintain our older facilities. It has been a constant struggle for the past few years.
On one hand, there is the rich, strong, and spiritual history of our church, which was founding in 1855 by a group of seven Christian abolitionists. It had humble beginnings and has always played a vital and important role in the center of Berea. Other the other hand, there is an opportunity for us to investigate B-W’s proposal and to see where that may lead. Whatever decision is revealed to us, I promise to continue my spiritual journey with God and this congregation.
Additional reading – Article from The Plain Dealer, November 4, 2007