Tuesday, July 29, 2003

On ‘intentional communities’
This dream, here described by some Eastern Orthodox, is shared by some traditional Roman Catholics and evangelical Protestants and can be seen repeating throughout history.

Simply moving into a town or a city block or neighborhood and having a true geographical parish (the way Catholics use the word) with the church physically and figuratively central might produce the effect they want and might even have a chance of lasting.

Some warnings: it seems to me that what's behind a lot of this utopianism in the Eastern Orthodox convert community is really the allegedly cultish 'covenant community'/shepherding/discipling movements from Protestantism. The same thing that charismatic Roman Catholics tried (and failed with) in the 1980s? You don't want to end up with a guru cult that happens to have icons and a liturgy.

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