Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Colonial Church of Edina

Okay. I found a website for the Colonial Church of Edina, Minnesota. You may or may not be wondering how there could be something colonial in Minnesota. But the reality is, a contemporary "Puritan" congregation has constructed a HUGE facility in the desire to be closer to their Colonial founders. Their property holds a Puritan-style meetinghouse (see photo) and a New England covered bridge among many other facilities. There's also the Jonathan Edwards Youth Center and Lounge, the Anne Bradstreet Hearth Room, and many other rooms named for old American Christians.

The fellowship hall has a great symbolic theme. It's called the Pastor John Robinson Great Hall (he was the Pilgrims' pastor) and it's an open room filled with natural light. They say, "The pastor whom the Pilgrims of the Mayflower left behind counseled them that 'God hath yet more truth and light to break forth from His Holy Word.' This place of eating and meeting allows us to be open to the light."

What a great idea. Granted, naming every single room for someone may be overkill, but it's still a noble effort. I think I'll visit them someday... the next time I'm in Minnesota...

See the rest of the pictures here.