A couple salient quotes from Redmont in her "Open Letter to Anne Rice":
What I am writing to tell you is that there’s no such creature as a lone follower of Jesus. You can’t be a Jesus-person away in a corner. Even hermits pray in communion with a larger tradition, a church beyond themselves in a world which is the place where God becomes incarnate.
There is some grace, indeed, to be found in being part of the larger church: the quiet church, the church militant, the church visible or invisible, whichever church one wishes to associate one's self with at any given moment. And yes, I know, one can find grace during a solitary walk through the woods, or a week at the side of a lake; I've had that experience too, and I crave another such moment. But there is grace also in the brotherhood and sisterhood that Christ calls us to, the human family (flawed and divided though it may be) that Christ died to give life to. (In every way, at every turn, Christianity is full of paradox.)The world: that’s why Jesus showed up. That’s why we are church. I’m with Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the pastor and theologian whom the Nazis killed for resisting Hitler and the Third Reich. He wrote: “The church is the church only when it exists for others.”
Hat-tip to PrayTell for the link to Redmont's letter.