Welcome to Our Website

A welcome note from Fr. John:

If this is your first visit to our website, please take a few moments to review the articles and links that are provided. We welcome you and sincerely hope that your visit will be a positive experience. We are actively expanding our website at this time and hope to offer a variety of materials for your use and consideration over the coming months, so please bookmark our site and return periodically to see what is new. While no website can or should try to replace the actual, personal and face-to-face contact that results when two or three are gathered, we hope that our offerings here will be edifying to you and that they will lead you, God willing, to visit and pray with us in person. If that is not possible, then we hope that the community and support that we can share with you on-line will strengthen your life in Christ and your experience of that life in the Church.

We are interested in the interpretation of Christianity in the contemporary world. Christians are sorely fractionalized and, in many ways, Christianity is judged to be irrelevant in the world today. That being the case, we feel that it is necessary for us to open a fresh diologue with the world, to demonstrate our interest and to show oursleves as members of society. We believe that our contribution to this society ought to consist of a witness that while society is good, soley by itself it can never be an ultimate good. The role of the Christian is to remind society that in spite of its goodness, other dimensions do exist, dimensions that relate to and intersect with our worldly life. Historical Christianity had a way of teaching of the profound referentiality of life, but we question whether that message is associated any longer with our witness.

Like the prophets of old, we need to live in a way that allows this voice of difference, of otherness, to be heard in the context of society. At the same time, we must be able to be clearly identified as members of this human society. The Orthodox tradition, as Christos Yannaras reminds us in his writings, is bound up with the discovery and celebration of the fullness of our humanity. This discovery involves the implications of the incarnation of the Word, which draw matter and spirit near to each other. Understanding the sacramentality of life and experiencing this are the goals of our human nature. For all of its complexity and nuance, the Christian tradition has been grossly simplified and judged by the world by and large. Yes we are in the world but not “of” the world, but our commitment to the world should consist of a compassionate engagement, not a spiritualizing rejection of society in preference for another Kingdom. It is precisely that other Kingdom and our proleptic experience of it, that should inspire and direct our engagement with and in this world.

We hope that you will be able to join us at our parish, to attend the divine services and enjoy some fellowship. You are always welcome to join us.

With Love in Christ,
Priest John Klingel
jklingel@optonline.net

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