Written by Sherry
Monday, 22 January 2007 17:20
A bleg from Mark Shea's blog:
A reader asks:
I was wondering if, at some point in the future, you might use your blog to do me a favor. I am a single thirty-something year old in the New York City area, and I'm a New York native. I've got a really lovely circle of Christian friends here, not to mention my family all round me. My parish has one of those awesome, "Random Lay Groups" that were discussed on your blog not too long ago, and joining that group made a HUGE difference to me when I first started to take my Faith seriously a few years ago in this great unchurched city.
Anyhow, the point of all this is that I am moving to Burlington, Vermont in the next few months, and I've been doing some advance parish scouting, and I don't see anything at any of the Burlington/Williston/Essex Junction parishes like a young(ish) adults group, or random-lay group. It's a little daunting, the thought of moving there and being alone in my Faith for a while.
So that brings me to my favor/question. You've got a wide audience, and I was wondering if any of your readers were from the Burlington area and knew of an orthodox parish where I could join a young(ish) adult group or something like it. I'm not averse to starting one in the Burlington area if I must, but maybe there's one already thriving that just isn't being publicized in all the bulletins and event calendars I've been looking over. All the parish ministries seem very focused on senior citizens and families.
I'm sure I don't need to clarify, but I don't mean a "singles-only" or dating-type group!
First, watch my comboxes on this thread in case somebody from the Burlington/Williston/Essex, Vermont area is reading and can point you to a good group.
Second, go to Intentional Disciples, the blog of the St. Catherine of Siena Institute and ask somebody there if they have any contacts in the Burlington/Williston/Essex, Vermont area who might be of help.
P.S. Hi reader
Our lay group was "Nameless" but I love the idea of being "Random" too!