Old History, New Life
As archeological finds of pre-history Texans are interpreted, neighborhoods change in our urban areas, as populations fluctuate in our rural communities, and as congregations find a need to expand their facilities, we have begun to realize the historical and cultural importance of the places and structures we outgrow or that have been forgotten. These places are imbued with our spirit, making their survival a complex but important factor when formulating a community's legacy. Redefining our historic religious centers as sacred places helps to avoid denominational challenges, emphasizes their historical significance, provides an opportunity to broaden their function on behalf of the entire community, and encourages preservation. Take a look around your neighborhood. Where is your own special sacred place? Your childhood church down the street? Or is it someplace else, perhaps beneath a favorite old shade tree in the park? Share your sacred place with someone you know and help to keep it a vital part of the social fabric of your community.