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But most of all, Christianity teaches us that God is love, that God loved the world and so should we – a notion that I find difficult to square with retreating into a remote community waiting for the world to burn. I actually am hopeful about Christianity’s place in modern life, and seeing the brutality, violence, and indifference to suffering all around us, I can’t help but think the message of Jesus will retain it’s power. But that hope is premised on living in the world, not apart from it, while also letting go of apocalyptic rhetoric and the acute sense of persecution so many Christians feel. One of my favorite passages comes from a letter written by the novelist and playwright Thornton Wilder, where he argued that “The revival in religion will be a rhetorical problem — new persuasive words for defaced or degraded ones.” I’m far more interested in that project, in finding ways to think and talk about Christianity, as well as live it, that avoid the well-worn tropes of American religious life, than I am in waiting out the supposed new Dark Ages.
- Andrew Sullivan
Upcoming Services and Events
Church School Teachers Meeting
Nativity of the Theotokos
Service Schedule and Calendar
Sunday Orthros - 8:45 am
Sunday Divine Liturgy - 10:00 am
Great Vespers - Saturdays 5:00 pm
Confessions - Saturdays 6:00 pm or by appointment
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We are a parish in the Diocese of Worcester of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.
Patriarch John X of Antioch | Metropolitan Joseph, Primate | Bishop John, Auxiliary Bishop
Very Rev. Father Antony Hughes, Pastor | Rev. Deacon Jeffrey Smith, Deacon