Entry points

Church as a hosting community
If it is a little difficult to find your way into Holy Nativity Episcopal Church in the Westchester neighborhood of Los Angeles, it isn’t because there are too few doors, but because there are so many.

Enter one way and you walk through a charter school for troubled students, enter through another and you are in a designated “quiet garden”; a third leads you into the World Community for Christian Meditation Center, and somewhere in your wandering you’ll find the sanctuary, the church office, a commercial-quality kitchen and lots of meeting space. The multitude of windows and doors is part southern California architecture, but it is also emblematic of rector Peter Rood’s philosophy of church: “As many entry points as there are ideas and questions.”


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