Many consider it a place of refuge and peace, while others consider it a frustrating reminder of the negative doublespeak we receive as women in the church. But as members, we believe it is the House of the Lord, and much of church teaching and culture is centered around the ordinances performed while inside. Forgetting for a moment the administerial imbalances and white washing of allegorical history, do you believe the temple serves a useful purpose? Rituals that connect our body and mind can be an important aspect of religious observance, but can the work that we do in the temple be separated from what we may consider to be erroneous interpretations?
Some other questions to consider for discussion:
Do you believe that earthly ground can be made sacred? Do you believe there is value in standing in holy places? Does God reach out to us more so in Their house than our own? Or are we more able to connect with the divine when we are Their invited guests?
How do you feel about attending the temple? Do you get what you hope to receive from your efforts? Do you go for yourself or for others? How long has it been since you last attended? How far must you travel? Do you feel closer to God when you are there?
Share your thoughts with us in the poll and comments.
And for a fun, speculative bonus, why do you think many temples are located on or near mountains and high places? Do you believe mountains are sacred ground, as suggested in various biblical scriptures?