Part of the continuing education for religious leaders of all types ought to involve occasional Sunday mornings spent not in church but observing the way that an increasing percentage of Americans spend their Sunday mornings. I came upon this idea some years ago when I found myself at home on a Sunday with reasons not to show up at church, since everyone was expecting me to be away.
Because it was a beautiful spring morning I decided to take a bike ride on Chicago’s lakefront. I found that the sun had already brought out swimmers, walkers, runners and bikers. I observed family picnics that displayed the city’s ethnic diversity. I saw people playing volleyball, children playing in the sand and grandmothers reading the newspaper.