Although the two churches battled over property in court, Jefferts Schori said she foresees a day when churches will become something different.
“More faith communities will decide not to have a permanent dedicated structure in the coming years,” she said. “They can be a blessing if they are used all the time, but many of them are only used on Sunday mornings. Is that an effective use of the resource?”
Some churches do hold services in other buildings or in homes.
She’s right about that. The utilisation of church physical plant isn’t a very efficient use of resources, not at least the way most churches use it. And with the iffy status of Christianity in Western societies, the ability of churches to hold property may become very problematic.
But that begs the obvious dumb question: why did she drop millions of her church’s money into property defence when she’d have been better off cutting a deal?
Sounds like the classic case of too soon old and too late smart…