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Micro church and invisible geography

November 30, 2012


Megachurches are a much-discussed phenomenon, but living in the Balkans my experience has been much more about micro-churches.

This is the most micro church I’ve gone to yet– sometimes there are two of us, usually three, sometimes four. It’s been that way for years.

Church buildings and mosques are a significant part of urban and semi-urban geography here, but the non-institutionalized spiritual geography remains invisible. It can’t be mapped with buildings, but rather in traces of everyday life– conversations, prayers, songs, book-reading, coffee-drinking…

Bratunac postcard

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  1. Julie permalink
    December 3, 2012 4:47 pm

    I love this idea of “invisible” geography…

    I remember reading an article once about how people are blind to those outside their own circles, and how a newspaper editor was commenting that “no one” in his city observed religion. And the writer noted that just from walking from the subway to the newspaper office, he would have to pass three churches, a temple, and a mosque! But since he didn’t KNOW anyone, he didn’t even notice those…

    So how much more invisible at the micro-churches? 🙂

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