There’s a church for sale in Norwich. I kind of want to win the lottery and buy it. Not to convert or anything. Just to be a church.
But the last time I did the census I wrote my religion down as neo-pagan eclectic jedi fortean chaos mage, so, you know, slight change of use implied.
It’s not that I want to nick another religion’s stuff. … except it’s really shiny stuff and I kind of really do. But not in a disrespectful way! … er, this is cultural appropriation even if it’s nearly my culture, isn’t it. But, church! So tall, and with the windows, and shiny!
And I keep thinking of all the gorgeous stained glass style fan art I’ve seen. Iron Man and Captain America in actual church windows. The whole plot of Lord of the Rings, tens of feet tall. It would be so very shiny.
We could do readings from key texts. Terry Pratchett alone could fill a year of Sundays.
And we could have different meeting days for different fandoms, but lo, a place there would be for all fandoms, for this would be the fan church, and all are welcome here.
And in the church hall there could be dancing. There’s a little church hall with a stage. Dancing lessons. Many styles. … is it weird to teach convention dancing? On the one hand it seems like an initiatory experience sort of thing, where only those who go know, but on the other, we could have a convention disco whenever we wanted, cause we’d have a hall.
… the rites of my people do not usually have a purpose made building. Well, a hotel is purpose made, but you know, for fans.
… probably retasking the purpose built and at least previously consecrated to xtians building would be not cool.
… shiiiiiny tall windoooows…
Pretty, but not cool. (But sort of cool too).
Also I don’t know why that church people left but, being eclectic, I wouldn’t mind them having Sundays if they wanted, there’s plenty of days to do things that aren’t Sundays.
Also also there’s a bunch of not-a-church-now buildings in Norwich and turning it into a fan church would not be less appropriate than turning it into a market or a tea room. Keeping the meetings with big thinkings theme would suit the building well.
There’s a kitchen. There could be food. Like cake and ale, or popcorn for screenings, but also the proper everyone eats together fellowship stuff.
Already there are fan groups doing serious charity work on the regular. They could be invited to use the hall.
… probably most people don’t daydream of running a church. But I kind of do. I daydream of being the chaplain on the Enterprise (yes they have that whole post religion thing going on but I wish to argue about that). Or I dream of finding the cathedral on Atlantis, which would be super tall and extra shiny. I guess mostly I dream of having a community that all care about what is best to do and who try and figure it out by thinking deeply about shared texts. Texts with names that probably start with ‘Star’. Because that would work too.