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Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name . . .

As a Christian raised in church, I have this underlying belief that the place where you should feel safest is at church. However, based on my life experience, at least as an adult, that is far from the truth. The community that I wish could be felt in church, I have only found in places that many church people would be very uncomfortable. Currently, as I live where there is no nightlife and little venues for entertainment, that place is a restaurant that has live Latin music and dancing each Saturday evening. I feel as if I have been accepted as a part of the Latin community here. My husband plays the congas or bongos and people get excited about seeing us dance. I feel as if I am making friends there, and when we walk in the door, I feel that people are genuinely glad to see us.

Unfortunately, at church, particularly the church I presently attend, I do not feel this sense of community or warmth. I feel as though we are tolerated at best -- despised and avoided at worst. To be…