I imagine that the churches are full on Sundays, and looking at the links page on this site you can see that there are certainly enough of them to satisfy most people's spiritual desires.
As befits a town known by some as 'God's waiting room' it is similarly well provided with churches.
For the full story see http://budleighbrewsterunited.blogspot.com/2009/08/temple-is-apt-setting-for-literary.html
Less noteworthy architecturally but worth the photograph if only because of this sign, outside the building on Station Road, is the Evangelical Church on Station Road with its appropriately named pastor.
This is Cape Cod Community Daré, the word 'Daré' (pronounced ‘dar-ray’) being an African Shona term indicating a sacred gathering for healing purposes.
The first Daré gathering at Brewster took place in January 2002. Interested readers can browse the website to gain a more complete picture of the group's activities, but it's clear that the first principle stresses the importance of resurrecting forces which all too often in today's busy world we have lost. As they put it, "Daré begins by calling in the spirits. Everything depends on this. The invocation allows Spirit to inform the participants. It creates a field of knowing and remembering. Daré also centers on telling dreams and receiving dreams as gifts from the ancestors to the circle. Council and dreams are channels between the world of the living and the world of the invisibles." http://www.capecoddare.org/
The Daré community is not on any list of Cape Cod churches, and at first glance it seems unsuited to the colonial setting of New England. San Francisco maybe? But then I thought of the original inhabitants of this area, of their respect for the spirits and for nature.
It sounds like the kind of scenario that one might find at Stonehenge, Glastonbury or perhaps Totnes. But Budleigh Salterton? Surely not.
And then, a few days ago, a revelation. It came during the Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Fairlynch, the town's museum.
After some routine business details about the Museum the guest speaker, Professor Chris Tilley, told us of the excavations that he had been carrying out on pebble cairns built by our Bronze Age ancestors on the pebblebed heaths, just a few miles north of Budleigh Salterton.
Picture: Professor Chris Tilley and his team at an excavation site outside Budleigh Salterton
Elsewhere on this site is a fuller description of his work, and especially of Professor Tilley's debt to the 1930s Budleigh Salterton archaeologist George Carter.
Carter had spent time in what is now present-day Pakistan, excavating pebble burial mounds which had been constructed according to sacred Vedic rites.
His theory, ridiculed at the time, was that the pebble cairns outside Budleigh Salterton, had been built in the same way and reflected similarly ritualistic activity involving fire. And now, it seems, George Carter was thinking on exactly the right lines, in a way that brings continents and cultures closer by contemplating the thoughts of our ancestors.
For the pebble cairns hidden away in the gorse and heather were built and can be lined up, according to Professor Tilley, specifically to mark the point of sunrise on 21 December, the winter solstice venerated not just at Stonehenge but all over the world since primeval times.