West End Uniting Church Review
If you are unfamiliar with the area, West End is a sanctuary for hippies, the homeless and more recently hipsters.
It’s a place where you can enjoy a cold craft beer from a rotating tap, safely express your borderline socialist political views, sign a petition to protect the local wildlife, all while munching on your organic, vegan, gluten and GMO free meal from Govinda’s.
It is Brisbane’s answer to Sydney’s Newtown.
So it’s unsurprising that West End Uniting Church is known as a progressive, inclusive congregation. This is confirmed by an initial look at their website which speaks of inclusiveness, an acknowledgement of traditional owners, and social justice. And no sign of any Comic Sans headings – a good start.
There is even a Progressive Christian meeting at 6:30pm on Sundays, called “West End Explorers”. For now I’m just attending the morning service. I’ll definitely have to come back and trying the evening service another time.
I’m expecting a congregation of mixed backgrounds and ages, with perhaps a more contemplative approach to the service. Not expecting any flashy music and light shows!
I’m walking into this service 10 minutes before it starts and already I need to pee. This is thanks to the iced coffee with coconut ice cream I couldn’t resist at a local cafe on the way in.
My introverted and anxious nature prevents me from wandering around to find a bathroom, so let’s hope this is a short service.