The Public Church, which now holds services at the Fenway Community Center, is planning to open a coffeehouse at 180-190 Hyde Park Ave. in Jamaica Plain, one that will serve as its place of worship on alternate Sunday evenings.
Church pastor Amanda Oicle goes before the Boston Licensing Board on Wednesday to formally request a food-service license for the Public Coffee Co., which would have daily hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. It would join the Well as a religiously oriented coffeehouse in Boston.
On a page for the Wesleyan-affiliated church, Oicle describes how the coffeehouse would be a center of the church life when not simply brewing up coffee for the general public:
If you’re used to attending a church, Public Church might not be what you’re used to. First, we will meet in a coffee shop. Second, sitting around tables and discussing Scripture is a priority for us. Third, we want to be a missional family, which means we are all about empowering everyone to be ambassadors for Christ- to take the Good News into our community so others can be reconciled to God.
The church/coffeehouse would be next to another "church plant" that Oicle has started at 182 Hyde Park Ave.
"Church plants" are part of an effort by evangelicals in the rest of the country, going back at least 20 years, to conquer a supposedly godless Boston for Christ - under a definition that often does not consider Catholics or members of non-evangelical Protestant denominations such as Congregationalists, Episcopalians or Unitarians as truly Christian. And never mind all those atheists that throng our streets and universities.
As one such group in Georgia puts it:
The people of Boston are intellectual, educated, liberal and Godless.
Or as a local evangelical in America's spiritual graveyard writes, in pleading with evangelicals in the rest of the country to become missionaries here:
While Harvard University stands at the pinnacle of academic prestige, it also unashamedly barreling forward in a secularist worldview that would make its founders fume.