I have never attended the Federal Church because I am a Pagan. However, my desire to save the church at Federal is not founded upon religion.
The land, monies, materials and labour that gave rise to the Federal church were not donated to the Anglican Church unconditionally; rather with a contractual understanding that the building and land would always be used as a sacred site that belonged to the Federal community – not sold off to pay the debts of the organisation known as the Anglican Church.
History and communal gathering places are also building blocks that form and bind a community – not just religion.
Morgan, Byron Bay