The cross was removed in 2010 after Christ Community Church’s parishioners reinvented the church as C3 Exchange. The congregation sought to be a more inclusive spiritual community, not solely focused on Christian beliefs.
The move to take down the cross, and openly change its philosophy to be one of more acceptance and inclusivity, was met with public outcry. Many of the congregation’s own members left to find other spiritual homes.
A community forum on spiritual inclusiveness was hosted by this newspaper, and many articles and viewpoints were discussed within our news and opinion pages.
Former Christ Community Church members spoke about how they felt the new church was too radical in its progressiveness, and excluded even some of the not-so- traditional among them.
Current C3 Exchange members spoke about how C3 stands for “Compassionate, Creative, Community” and valued the human journey where all are encouraged to honor their unique spiritual paths.
Others labeled the C3 as a cult and its members as Godless heathens. A few argued that this judgment was the furthest thing from the truth.
The C3 Exchange’s subsequent financial difficulties — which led the smaller congregation to ultimately abandon the church at 225 E. Exchange St. in Spring Lake for gatherings in Grand Haven — seemed to solidify in some minds just how astray this church went.
Now, three years after its removal, the cross will once again grace the top of the brick spire that is owned by a new church, Harvest Bible Chapel.
While the move was met with jubilation and blessings across our community, the seed of hatred and harsh judgment also resurfaced.
Let us continue on, as C3 members preach, in peace. Let us move past any anger or resentment from years ago.
Let us, if we so choose, celebrate the return of the cross, and not pass negative dispersions on those who choose to walk other spiritual paths.
Judge not lest ye be judged.
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