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Thank you for your editorial on Ashes to Go which echoed my own thoughts so closely. Finding the midpoint between effective evangelism and meaningless ritual and symbols can be a slippery slope. While it is important to "reach people where they are" as you said, the penitential rite for Ash Wednesday is part of what keeps me home in the Episcopal Church.
Perhaps both are useful in meeting people where they are. I don't have an answer to your second question - what to do with people who reconnect with their faith through Ashes to Go - how to bring them back to the church stably... I can hope most clergy who distributed ashes at least bring their business cards!
Chicago, Illinois, USA
20 February 2016
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