Yesterday at church we had a great day of welcoming guests, receiving new members, and sharing a church meal. It was also the first time most had seen the changes in the chapel. Some of our long-time members have been upset over the plan to use chairs instead of pews. I understand their grief and in some cases, anger. But I had to chuckle yesterday after talking with one of our resident architects, who was part of the team that designed the facility back in the 1960's.
He said one lady complained to him that removing the pews destroyed the "gothic integrity" of our sanctuary and chapel. But he replied, "You know, gothic churches never had pews. They used chairs."