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« on: November 23, 2010, 05:35:16 PM »

I thought it might be so very fun to have a thread where you list all the different types of services that you've been to. I'll go first:

Roman Catholic ("Ordinary Form" and "Extraordinary Form", though only once on the latter)

Byzantine Catholic (Ruthenian)

Eastern Orthodox (obviously)

Assemblies of God (several)

Southern Baptist Church

Jehovah's Witnesses

Churches of Christ

Non-denomiational

Interdenominational

Emergent Church

Vineyard Church

Coptic Orthodox
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« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2010, 05:46:03 PM »

I've been to EO and Old Rite (once) services only.

I've also visited RC, UC, OO (Armenian) and Old Catholic Churches and Mosques and Synagogues.
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« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2010, 05:49:37 PM »

So many of the various "Evangelical" denominations I can't keep track.  While I grew up Southern Baptist, my family was on the Evangelist circuit, so I've been to probably every denomination that the South can boast of, from non-Denom to Missionary Baptist to Assemblies of God to Church of God in Christ.

Episcopalian Churches

A Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod)

A few Presbyterian Churches

Roman Catholic (no idea what the "form" was)

And, of course, Eastern Orthodox
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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2010, 05:52:52 PM »

Christian:
Eastern Orthodox (Greek, Russian, and Antiochian)
Roman Catholic
United Church of Christ
United Methodist Church
Episcopal Church USA
Presbyterian Church USA
Assembly of God (my mom joined them because they had a Chinese service)

Buddhist:
Japanese-style Zen (brief liturgy and meditation)
A Chinese general Mahayana service (brief liturgy and meditation)
Tibetan Buddhist (Kagyu): I've been to pujas dedicated to Green Tara, Medicine Buddha, and Chenrezig, also a Vajrasattva empowerment and an intense three day nyungne retreat where everything was done in Mandarin so I had a really hard time following.

Daoist:
I've observed Quanzhen and Zhengyi rituals but I wasn't really sure what was going on.

New Agey:
I once attended a "shamanic journeying" with a bunch of hippies, one of whom (a white lady) claimed to be the reincarnation of some Egyptian prince.

Islam: Been in a few mosques but not during regular prayer hours.

Judaism: One wedding.

My mom also took me a couple of times to a really creepy qigong practice session where a personality cult surrounding the group's founder (Yan Xin) was evident.  Not sure if that counts as a religious service though.
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« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2010, 05:56:04 PM »

Roman Catholic (up to March 2010)

Greek Orthodox (since March 2010)


That's it. One of my cousins got married in a building which used to be a church, but was restored as a historic monument. It is owned by the town, not a church. I haven't had occasion to visit any others.
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« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2010, 05:57:34 PM »

Eastern Orthodox (here and in Russia)

Roman Catholic (here and in an old cathedral in Germany--very cool)

Evengelical Something-Or-Other

Reformed Jewish

Presbyterian (traditional Puritan-style)

Episcopalian (high-church--not many of them left!)
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« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2010, 06:13:10 PM »

Eastern Orthodox

Disciples of Christ (my old denomination)

Roman Catholic (weddings, two that were both Protestants marrying Catholics)

United Methodist Church

Reformed Jewish Synagogue
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« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2010, 06:18:48 PM »

Greek (Constantinople, Alexandria, Jerusalem, CoG), Arab (Alexandria, Antioch), Russian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Romanian, Albanian, Czech and Slovak/Ruthenian/Rusyn, Finnish, American (OCA, Constantinople/CoG, Antiochian, Carpatho-Russian) EO.

WRO (St. Gregory/St. Tikhon)

Coptic, Syriac, Armenian, Indian OO.

Vatican Novus Ordo and TLM. Sui juris-Ukrainian, Coptic.

Lutheran (American Lutheran, Lutheran Church in America, ELCA, Missori Synod, Arab/Middle East).

Episcoplian (new BCW, High church/Low church).

Methodist, Presbyterian.

"Church of Christ"-Instrumental.

Baptist. Pentacostal.

Free Church Evangelicals.

Judaism. Orthodox, Conservative, Reform.

Islam-Sunni (Shafi'i, Hanafi), Twelver Shi'ite, Ismaili (Agha-Khani). Sunni Sufi.

Nichoren-sho shu Buddhism. Trantric.

Masons. Shocked

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« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2010, 09:03:20 PM »

In rough chronological order:

As  a child in the Deep South I attended more Holiness services than I care to remember.

Zen Buddhist meditation halls

Roman Catholic masses

Anglican/Episcopalian masses

Eastern Orthodox liturgies of all stripes

Mosques

Coptic churches

In India I stayed away from Hindu temples, but I visited Sikh gurdwaras a few times. The free meal provided daily is a great place to meet Indians and it's a model of charity that Christians should try to outdo.
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« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2010, 11:16:30 PM »

Orthodox Christian
Church of God
Dispensationalist
Non-Denominational
United Methodist
Unitarian Universalist
Reformed Judaism
Roman Catholic
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« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2010, 12:42:30 AM »

Unitarian Universalist

Oh yes, I had forgotten that I visited a Unitarian Universalist Church some time ago. I felt like I was forgetting something.
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« Reply #11 on: November 24, 2010, 01:11:10 AM »

I've attended services at:
Roman Catholic Church - cradle Roman Catholic
Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall - 3 years of my life WASTED!
Church of Christ - went two or three times to Sunday services
Brethren Church - attended for a year
Southern Baptist Church - attended for a few months
Jewish Synagogues - my nephew's Bar Mitzvah, a friends wedding
Presbyterian Church - sister-in-law's wedding
Lutheran Church - my godchildren's baptisms
Episcopal Church - a wedding
Eastern Orthodox Church - home  angel

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« Reply #12 on: November 24, 2010, 03:45:01 AM »

Christian:
Eastern Orthodox

Roman Catholic (Ordinary form)

Byzantine Catholic (Bulgarian)

Baptist


Other:
A mosque (in Istanbul)

And also Demir Baba Teke, but it is actually an Alevi Shi'ite tomb/religious site, not a mosque.

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« Reply #13 on: August 28, 2012, 07:10:53 AM »

Orthodox Christian

To expand (and bump thread), parishes I've attended services at: Antiochian (2), Greek (1), Serbian (1), Carpatho Russian (1), ROCOR (3), OCA (3)
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« Reply #14 on: August 28, 2012, 07:36:56 AM »

Catholic Churches. And a  Protestant Calvinist temple.
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« Reply #15 on: August 28, 2012, 07:41:09 AM »

Eastern Orthodox: Polish, Serbian, Alexandrian, Romanian
Oriental Orthodox: Coptic, Armenian
Catholic: Roman (Novus Ordo in different languages, Tridentine Mass), Ukrainian Greek Catholic, Armenian
Lutheran

Two synagogues

A few mosques

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« Reply #16 on: August 28, 2012, 08:01:44 AM »

- Finnish Orthodox
- Church of Jerusalem
- various OO/Eastern Catholic in Israel. I was fairly ignorant about non-EO Eastern Christianity at that point so I have no idea who they were.
- Latin Catholic
- Lutheran
- Methodist
- Pentecostal/other Charismatic
- Evangelical/non-denominational/whatever
- Adventist
- A Mormon temple before it was closed from non-Mormons
- Freemason
- Orthodox Jewish. Or at least AFAIK the synagogue in Helsinki is theoretically Orthodox even though none or hardly any of the Finnish Jews are Orthodox.
- The Wailing Wall
- Sunni mosques
- The Temple Mount
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« Reply #17 on: August 28, 2012, 08:41:27 AM »

-Greek Orthodox
-Roman Catholic (I still regret that)
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« Reply #18 on: August 29, 2012, 12:18:04 PM »

Christian:
Eastern Orthodox (Greek, Russian, and Antiochian)
Roman Catholic
United Church of Christ
United Methodist Church
Episcopal Church USA
Presbyterian Church USA
Assembly of God (my mom joined them because they had a Chinese service)

Buddhist:
Japanese-style Zen (brief liturgy and meditation)
A Chinese general Mahayana service (brief liturgy and meditation)
Tibetan Buddhist (Kagyu): I've been to pujas dedicated to Green Tara, Medicine Buddha, and Chenrezig, also a Vajrasattva empowerment and an intense three day nyungne retreat where everything was done in Mandarin so I had a really hard time following.

Daoist:
I've observed Quanzhen and Zhengyi rituals but I wasn't really sure what was going on.

New Agey:
I once attended a "shamanic journeying" with a bunch of hippies, one of whom (a white lady) claimed to be the reincarnation of some Egyptian prince.

Islam: Been in a few mosques but not during regular prayer hours.

Judaism: One wedding.

My mom also took me a couple of times to a really creepy qigong practice session where a personality cult surrounding the group's founder (Yan Xin) was evident.  Not sure if that counts as a religious service though.

One thing to add: an Anthroposophical ("Christian Community") wedding last year.
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« Reply #19 on: August 29, 2012, 01:19:09 PM »

-Roman Catholic (I still regret that)

Why ?
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« Reply #20 on: August 29, 2012, 01:26:04 PM »

Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall (with my grandma, as a young kid).
Pure Land Buddhist Temple in Canada.
Korean Buddhist Temples.
Thai Buddhist Temples.
Really weird Taiwanese Buddhist/pagan Temples.
Brahma Kumaris meditation group (no thanks!).
International Church of Christ (ICOC = a wicked "Christian" cult).
A few non-denominational Christian churches.
West Coast Ahousaht First Nation cleansing ceremony / pow-wow. Amazing (I lived on their island for 3 months building hiking trails)!
Roman Catholic.
Traditional Catholic.
Orthodox (Korean, Greek, Ukranian, OCA, ROCOR, and Antiochian).
Merely for interest's sake, I used to go for coffee with an elderly Wiccan/pagan lady, but decided to pass on attending their ritual thingy.
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« Reply #21 on: August 29, 2012, 01:31:39 PM »

Presbyterian (Raised in it to age 14)
Roman Catholic (Novus Ordo, as the Tridentine form was not offered where I lived until about a month before I moved, and only once a month)
Eastern Catholic (Ruthenian), because somebody recommended that I try Eastern Catholicism instead of being Orthodox. It didn't take.
Eastern Orthodox (OCA)
Coptic Orthodox

And I stayed in the hotel that's next to the mosque here in Albuquerque while waiting for my apartment to get cleaned up before moving in, if that counts? Cheesy
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« Reply #22 on: August 29, 2012, 05:12:55 PM »

Eastern Orthodox (erm, I think nearly all the "flavors" LOL) including monasteries.

I've been to but not "really" worshiped at:

Anabaptist Mennonite
Anabaptist Amish
Anabaptist Hutterite
Messianic Jew Synagogue

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« Reply #23 on: August 29, 2012, 05:50:46 PM »

Latin Roman Catholic Mass with my mother and grandma a couple times when I was very young before she became a Protestant. I also remember playing on the altar a couple times real late at night when my father would go to talk to the Priests and we were the only ones there. Also a couple Roman Catholic funerals.

An Evangelical 'Non-Denominational' Church that I also went to school a for grades 6-8. This was my parents' home Church for a while and many of my friends who were former classmates still go here. I personally hated it though.

I once attended a Charismatic/Pentecostal Church service with my father before. We both hated it and thought it was weird but we went out of sheer politeness because one of my dad's friends invited us. Afterward we got Burger King and laughed about it.

And then there is my home Orthodox Church that I attend.
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« Reply #24 on: August 29, 2012, 06:04:58 PM »

Christian:
Eastern Orthodox (Greek, Russian, and Antiochian)
Roman Catholic
United Church of Christ
United Methodist Church
Episcopal Church USA
Presbyterian Church USA
Assembly of God (my mom joined them because they had a Chinese service)

Buddhist:
Japanese-style Zen (brief liturgy and meditation)
A Chinese general Mahayana service (brief liturgy and meditation)
Tibetan Buddhist (Kagyu): I've been to pujas dedicated to Green Tara, Medicine Buddha, and Chenrezig, also a Vajrasattva empowerment and an intense three day nyungne retreat where everything was done in Mandarin so I had a really hard time following.

Daoist:
I've observed Quanzhen and Zhengyi rituals but I wasn't really sure what was going on.

New Agey:
I once attended a "shamanic journeying" with a bunch of hippies, one of whom (a white lady) claimed to be the reincarnation of some Egyptian prince.

Islam: Been in a few mosques but not during regular prayer hours.

Judaism: One wedding.

My mom also took me a couple of times to a really creepy qigong practice session where a personality cult surrounding the group's founder (Yan Xin) was evident.  Not sure if that counts as a religious service though.

One thing to add: an Anthroposophical ("Christian Community") wedding last year.

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« Reply #25 on: August 29, 2012, 06:24:36 PM »

Unitarian Universalist

Oh yes, I had forgotten that I visited a Unitarian Universalist Church some time ago. I felt like I was forgetting something.
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« Reply #26 on: August 29, 2012, 06:37:44 PM »

Coptic Orthodox (obviously)

Antiochian Orthodox

Russian Orthodox

Roman Catholic

Syriac Catholic (not sure, as it was for a party and not during a service)

I have also been inside a few Protestant Churches outside regular prayer hours
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« Reply #27 on: August 29, 2012, 07:19:58 PM »

Eastern Orthodox:
Greek Orthodox (Greece & Turkey, none in U.S.)
Antiochian Orthodox
Serbian Orthodox
Orthodox Church in America

Protestant:
Baptist
Methodist
Disciples of Christ
United Church of Christ
Presbyterian
(probably others as well)

Roman Catholic

Jewish Synagogue
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*Orthodox Christian*
2 OCA Orthodox Churches
2 Greek Orthodox Church
1 Antiochian Orthodox Church
1 Coptic Orthodox Church
1 Ethiopian Orthodox Church
Catholic Christian
4 Roman Catholic Churches
1 Greek Melkite Catholic Church
1 Syriac Maronite Catholic Churh
Protestant Christian
2 Baptist Churches
1 Lutheran Church
1 Anglican Church
Non-Christian
5 Sikh Gurudwaras
4 Mosques (Sunni, & Shiite Sufi)
1 Synagogue (Orthodox-Mix of Yemenite Jews & Ashkenazim) 
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Roman Catholic (NO and two or three EF)
Antiochian Orthodox
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« Reply #30 on: August 29, 2012, 08:36:50 PM »

-Roman Catholic (I still regret that)

Why ?
Long story short, canons XLV and LXV of the Holy Apostles. Adding to that the fact that I was not very faithful at that time and actually liked the RC Mass more, just for aesthetic reasons.
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« Reply #31 on: August 29, 2012, 09:01:18 PM »

-Antiochian Orthodox
-Greek Orthodox
-ROCOR Monastery

-Roman Catholic

-Baptist
-Church of Christ
-Church of the Nazarene
-Church of God (they were independent Reformed churches, I believe)
-Former Emergent Church turned Reformed (theologically Reformed, but kept non-liturgical structure of a casual and comedy-loaded sermon with a rock band after and without eucharist/hymns/etc; slogan was "Come as you are," and was directed toward those who were disenfranchised with "traditional" church)

And plenty of other Protestant churches that I cannot remember, or have the most redundant and/or uninformative names.

-Seventh-day Adventist

-Latter-day Saints (Mormon)

Also, visited a Mosque but left just as prayer service was starting.
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« Reply #32 on: August 30, 2012, 07:48:28 AM »

actually liked the RC Mass more, just for aesthetic reasons.

I still do and there's nothing wrong with that. If you're living in US, you could try attending WRO parish.
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« Reply #33 on: August 30, 2012, 08:51:50 AM »

Roman Catholic - Latin (when it was) & Novus Ordo
Eastern Catholic - Melkite, Ukrainian, Ruthenian, & Russian
Oriental Catholic - Armenian & Syriac
Maronite Catholic

Polish & Lithuanian Nat'l Catholic (latter pre- its merge w/ PNCC)
African Orthodox, Liberal Catholic, SSPX

Eastern Orthodox -
Greek, Antiochian (NY & Toledo pre-merge), ACROD,
Russian (MP), ROCOR, OCA, Ukrainian, Albanian, & Serbian

Oriental Orthodox - Armenian, Coptic, & Syriac

Protestant -
Anglican, High & Low Church Episcopal, Church of Ireland,
Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, UCC, Congregational,
Lutheran - ELCA, LCA & Missouri Synod
Reformed, AME, Moravian, Mennonite, Brethren,
Unitarian & Universalist (pre- & post-merge)

Christian Science, Salvation Army, Quakers, SDA, Ba'hai

Cao Dai, Buddhist - both in Viet Nam

Jewish - Reformed & Conservative
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« Reply #34 on: August 30, 2012, 11:16:15 AM »

actually liked the RC Mass more, just for aesthetic reasons.

I still do and there's nothing wrong with that. If you're living in US, you could try attending WRO parish.
Nope, I'm living in Greece and there's no WRO parish around here. Anyway, aesthetics are no more a problem.
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« Reply #35 on: August 30, 2012, 11:25:54 AM »

Coptic Orthodox (obviously)
Including two Monasteries.
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« Reply #36 on: August 30, 2012, 03:08:32 PM »

Ethiopian Orthodox  Grin
OCA
Greek Orthodox
Catholic
Baptist
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« Reply #37 on: August 31, 2012, 12:12:25 PM »

Eastern Orthodox: Polish, Serbian, Alexandrian, Romanian
Oriental Orthodox: Coptic, Armenian
Catholic: Roman (Novus Ordo in different languages, Tridentine Mass), Ukrainian Greek Catholic, Armenian
Lutheran

Two synagogues

A few mosques

I wish one day I visited Antiochian (probably in the 1st place), Greek, Syriac, Malankara and Ethiopian/Eritrean Wink

I forgot that I had visited Mariavite Church (it has Polish origin and it belongs to Old Catholic Union or something like that, to some point this Church is closer to Orthodoxy than "normal" Catholic Church)
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« Reply #38 on: September 03, 2012, 04:22:38 PM »

At least two wooden ones,

One stone and timber

One brick and cast concrete

One cinderblock with brick cladding.

One cinderblock and steel with brick cladding.

Would like to visit one made out of dirt (straw and clay) one day.
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« Reply #39 on: September 04, 2012, 08:41:29 AM »

RC (my cradle church, up until fall 2011)
EO (ROCOR, Greek, Serbian. My parish also had substitute priests from UOCUSA and OCA)
Lutheran (LCMS)
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« Reply #40 on: September 04, 2012, 12:26:40 PM »

Orthodox:
ROCOR
OCA
Antiochian
Bulgarian

Roman Catholic:
Novus Ordo

Protestant:
Southern Baptist
Lutheran
Methodist
Some non-denominational young people type church
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« Reply #41 on: September 04, 2012, 02:40:04 PM »

I have visited the following:

Orthodox Churches:
OCA
Antiochian
Greek Orthodox
ROCOR
Romanian Orthodox
Coptic Orthodox

Liturgical Protestant Churches:
Lutheran Church: Missouri Synod
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Evangelical Lutheran Synod (the old "Norwegian Synod")
Church of the Lutheran Confession

Episcopal Church in the USA
Reformed Episcopal Church
Anglican Church in America
Anglican Catholic Church

Mainline Protestant:
United Methodist
Presbyterian Church in the USA
Baptist Alliance/ American Baptist

Conservative Fundagelical Churches:
Presbyterian Church in America
Southern Baptist
Church of Christ
and a couple "Independent Bible Churches"

Non-Christian
Jehovah's Witnesses ( a relative took me there once as a kid.  It was hideous. I never went back.)
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« Reply #42 on: September 04, 2012, 02:44:31 PM »

Ooops!  How could I forget to add Roman Catholic to my list?

I've visited many Catholic churches in the US and a few in Europe. At all of them, except one, I saw the Novus Ordo celebrated. At one of them I saw the EF celebrated, and I liked it much better than the modern version.
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« Reply #43 on: September 04, 2012, 03:15:56 PM »

Eastern Orthodox: Polish, Serbian, Alexandrian, Romanian
Oriental Orthodox: Coptic, Armenian
Catholic: Roman (Novus Ordo in different languages, Tridentine Mass), Ukrainian Greek Catholic, Armenian
Lutheran

Two synagogues

A few mosques

I wish one day I visited Antiochian (probably in the 1st place), Greek, Syriac, Malankara and Ethiopian/Eritrean Wink

If you live near me (Maryland/DC/Virginia), I can take you to my chrurch *Ethiopian*
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« Reply #44 on: September 05, 2012, 08:11:33 AM »

At least two wooden ones,

One stone and timber

One brick and cast concrete

One cinderblock with brick cladding.

One cinderblock and steel with brick cladding.

Would like to visit one made out of dirt (straw and clay) one day.
You just reminded me of the time I visited the ruins of a Greek Orthodox church in a greek island. The local priest and the community were trying to restore it and so they had a service there, late in the afternoon. It was a unique experience! Being surrounded by ruins, with nothing but the sky above us, birds and bats flying around, the priest's voice being heard in the vicinity without microphones... I felt that the whole world was joining the service. Cheesy
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