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Convert all church parking lots into community gardens (and later all churches into community gardens + food education centres + seed vault)

First of all, look at ALL these churches in just one area: http://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&q=churches%2C+new+york

Now do a search on your own town/city.

No matter where you live, there are always a handful of churches within walking/biking distance. Why not think green, walk / bike to church and convert the unused parking lots into community gardens so that non-church-goers benefit as well? That would be a good first step.

And wouldn't it be more intimate if church groups gathered at each others' homes taking turns to host rather than going to a mega church where you don't have time to greet everyone? So hopefully in the future we will see more church goers gather in smaller groups instead and then churches can be converted to community gardens / hydroponic vertical farms / honey bee farms / seed vaults / food learning centres (for kids) benefiting everyone in the community, regardless of age/race/gender/faith/income. That would be a great next step.

If christians / churches can take the lead and do this for their communities, then we may see temples / monastery / mosques doing the same as well.

Take a look at the map again. I believe one day WE CAN grow sooooo much food for everyone and solve our food crisis.

Let's take care of each other!


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  • Dec 1 2011: To answer your question:The local mosques were having open houses, and I respectfully asked to stay for services later that day. Ther was no hesitation, and it was made clear anyone was welcome to come and pray with them -- Muslim or not -- any day they have services. When people started flowing in, I recognized different people in the community, local clerks and business people, etc., and they were more welcoming than many churches I've been to, even my own, LOL.

    The interesting thing is that although Mulsims in general -- contrary to the wave of nonsesence out there these days -- have absolutely no problem with "People of the Book" (Jews and Christians), and don't think of them as "infidels". All the angst out there is about Zionism and Western influence poltiically, not religiously. The real beef is between Sunni and Shia, at each other's throats in most parts of the world. However, in America, no one cares whether a mosque is run by Sunni or Shia and everyone goes wherver they want, praying side by side.

    To be honest, though, some Christian Churches (Evangelical in particular) do NOT welcome outsiders except as potential converts. Some are more open than others, and share community projects, etc.. But the "National Day of Prayer" for example, would probably not in any given city invite an imam, and even the rabbi (locally) was a Messianic Jew, not from either of the two large local synagogues.

    My point was that today, especially in America, you may hear particular stories of hate crimes or whatever, but in general most of us just want to get along and are willing to do more than tolerate our neighbors, but become friends.

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