Sunday, December 27, 2015

DC suburban church sells grounds, building to help build affordable housing

Sunday December 27, 2015, in the Metro Section of the Washington Post, Patricia Sullivan reports, in a story “Moved by a spirit of community”, that a Presbyterian Church on Columbia Pike in the southern part of Arlington VA, in an older neighborhood, will sell its building and grounds to make way for moderate income housing.

"The Church is not our building. It is our people."

Church membership has shrunk, and the congregation will meet in rented space.
Note also that Vox recirculated a November 2015 essay by Christian Smith and Hilary Davidson, "Giving away money makes us feel better; so why do so few of us do it?"  About a quarter of Americans volunteer some time. I responded on Facebook "here's also a moral question about dealing with "luck" or fortune, and "unearned wealth" (a big issue with the radical Left to be sure). One could make the argument that "giving back" in relation to what has gotten apart from one's own work, really should be morally required or expected. When "less fortunate" others see that "luckier" people (without street smarts) aren't held accountable for how they got ahead in line, they could decide that their world is meaningless, as is abiding by the law (and this can be masked by religious rhetoric). So the world becomes less stable. But "selfishness" is still necessary for innovation, which raises living standards for everybody."

Update: Jan. 1, 2016

The Washington Post has replied to Vox with this essay by Ashley Willans: "Want to do something good for you: try being generous."  And in the New York Times, Paul Krugman writes about "Privilege, Pathology and Power."  How about the "affluenza" episode in Texas?

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