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Makiki church might swap out pews for chairs

The Rev. Zivanov hopes to make St. Clement more flexible and inviting

By Pat Gee

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Nov 09, 2013

~~<p>An effort to become a more viable, welcoming church might include replacing the old straight-backed wooden pews at the Parish of St. Clement in Makiki with individual, upholstered chairs that can be configured in cozier arrangements.</p>
<p>&quot;Fixed pews are just not an inviting environment for people come into, especially if they're new people&quot; or contending with physical challenges, says the Rev. Elizabeth Ziva&shy;nov, who over the past year has been nudging her parish members to consider the advantages of chairs over pews. &quot;We are trying to make our church more inviting, more flexible for all kinds of services and flexible for other activities,&quot; Ziva&shy;nov said.</p>
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An effort to become a more viable, welcoming church might include replacing the old straight-backed wooden pews at the Parish of St. Clement in Makiki with individual, upholstered chairs that can be configured in cozier arrangements.

"Fixed pews are just not an inviting environment for people come into, especially if they're new people" or contending with physical challenges, says the Rev. Elizabeth Ziva­nov, who over the past year has been nudging her parish members to consider the advantages of chairs over pews. "We are trying to make our church more inviting, more flexible for all kinds of services and flexible for other activities," Ziva­nov said. Login for more...



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