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People can band together with others to serve humanity and God, attend regularly scheduled meetings which may include rituals they find inspiring and empowering, and support the organization which sponsors these meetings (that might be called a church or temple), and still be "open at the top". My church certainly allows me to be a thinking, growing person. If it didn't, I would find another group that did. But going off on my own in search of spiritual growth would be too difficult for me to keep it up for very long.