I am a new member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Grand Haven, a Christian congregation that welcomes individuals of all ages, races, gender identities, and levels of income and education. It also is a place where I feel free to admit to doubts and question doctrine.
That said, several of my friends and loved ones are part of C3. Some of them are there because they've been badly treated by Christian churches or because they assume they won't be accepted by a Christian congregation.
Although this sadly is true with respect to many Christian congregations, there are Christian churches in West Michigan that are very welcoming and progressive. And, for those who seek to reach beyond Christianity, there are a number of Unitarian Universalist churches.
In other words, C3 is not unique. It may not even be as different as some or many of its members seem determined to believe.
Yes, there are Christians who forget that it's not their place to judge, who have been negative about C3. But, if Mr. Kamischke and other members of his community dwelt less upon their difference and more on values they share with at least some area churches, they might feel less alienated.