Is it a church? Well, it’s a church in the sense that we took over a church building. Are we here congregating? Yes, we’re here congregating getting together. We can use all of this pop culture stuff to bring people together, to get people to have a reason to come together in a social setting.
Thursday, March 10, 2016
What Counts As A "Church"?
RLUIPA Defense blog last week recounted the story of Spokane, Washington's "Jedi Alliance" which bills itself as a church. Tim and Tyler Arnold purchased a large collection of arcade games. Looking for a place to house them permanently, they purchased a building that formerly was used as a Methodist church. Then, however, city officials told them that the building was zoned only for residential use or use as church. So the Arnolds registered as a church, opening the building on Sunday evenings for the public to play the arcade games or patronize the gift shop. The Arnold brothers said: