A Time to Dance?

**Warning! Despite being a post about church, I'm about to be all judge-y.

Ricky and I are looking for a church here in Chicago. We've wanted to find a good church for a while and now that Little Ricky is here, we really want to establish a church family.

Ricky has some not-so-great hang-ups because of the church he grew up in, but I grew up in a wonderful church, a great denomination and have swayed Ricky to my side.

Because I grew up in a great church and because of Ricky's hang-ups, we have to find the perfect church. A liberal church, an open-minded church, an all-inclusive church where everyone is welcome no matter their race, sex, age, sexual preference, etc.

We thought we had found that church recently when we visited and found a very diverse congregation. The sermon was good--about our role as Christians in today's world and what that means for issues like poverty, homelessness, women's and gay rights, etc.

Not only was the sermon timely and well done, but this church really seems to practice what they preach. They have a number of groups working with the homeless, participating in the AIDS walk, partying at Gay Pride, etc.

So what's the problem, you ask?

Liturgical dance. That's the problem.

I HATE liturgical dance. I don't see any reason for it and it always make me uncomfortable.

Add to it that as a musical theatre director I find myself critiquing the performance and it totally takes me out of the church experience.

And it doesn't help that most of the "dancers" are not in fact dancers, so it's not even done well.

(I know, I know, I just said I wanted an all-inclusive church, but if we must do liturgical dance can't we be a little exclusive and only use the people who can dance?)

Despite all of the wonderful things that we really liked about that church, I don't think we can ever go back. The liturgical dance was that bad and cringe-inducing.

So what's a girl to do? I want to be good and go to church. But I don't want to be sitting in church judging people. I'm pretty sure there's something in the Bible about that.

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