Spiritual Pressure Cooker

In a recent email, a parishioner referred to the church in New York City as a “spiritual pressure cooker.”

This is accurate on several levels. The workplace makes increasingly intense demands on people. The temptations for afterwork overindulgence are numerous. And there is little peer or social encouragement to seek religious nourishment for the soul.

To be viable, the church has to offer spiritual relief from the pressure. It will do no good to add to people’s guilt by making demands of them unless people can see how service to God is, as the Prayer Book says, “perfect freedom.” —J. Douglas Ousley

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