Near the end of his time at Notre Dame, where he had become a member at Broadway United Methodist Church, Hauerwas, with his family, spent six months teaching in England. In South Bend Hauerwas always took his son Adam with him to worship. So, in London …
“We thought we should go to a Methodist church. We found one some distance beyond Portobello Road. For a month, we walked an hour each way to go to church with the Methodists. The church was described as a ‘people’s church,’ which meant that it was mainly black. We liked the people but hated the liturgy. The Sunday that we sang ‘God is like a magic penny, you lose him and he comes rolling back,’ I told Adam we were not coming back.”
He should have tried a URC. He might have got “If I were a butterfly”.
Stanley Hauerwas, Hannah’s Child: A Theologian’s Memoir (London: SCM, 2010), p. 168.