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Marmot Mountain Works

"Orthodox" means "correctly believing," and Eastern Orthodox Church architecture is pretty ... well, orthodox. The church's altar invariably faces east, and on either side of it are arms so that from heaven (or a Google Earth satellite) the church looks like a giant cross. And finally, of course, there's an onion-shaped dome at the top, a practical design in Russia where they discovered that a standard-shape dome collected a frightening amount of snow, but a mere decoration in the East Bay. So you can imagine its leader rolling in his grave — or rising from it — at the sight of the Marmot Mountain Works in Berkeley. Once the home of a congregation that moved on, the church building has been desacralized and handed over to the moneychangers. Rather than looking within for spiritual comfort, this church now invites its worshippers to look (and hike and climb and camp and run) outside, preferably with excellent outdoor gear.
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