A private contact would have been more astute. The personal email and phone number would more than have sufficed. The church email: A blatent commercial and certainly not relevant for personal contact. At best case, an egregious error in judgement. That's best case.
Your'e right; "what a sad sign of the times". If you would expand your own mind far enough to encompass the fact that excesses perpetuated by religious institutions for at least the last 1500 years up until the present day are a factual part of our history, perhaps you could understand why the potential for cynicism exhists.
Personally, I'm religious, but that doesn't prevent me from realizing that not everyone with a religious prefix in their title is of entirely pure motivation.
Most times, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's probably (but not always) a duck. It's time to take off your horse blinders. We drive cars now.
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