I don't start many topics here, but I thought I'd ask you for some advice.
I have a good friend, Irene, who is Greek Orthodox. She has to travel a lot for her job, so sometimes she is not in town. She has been going to a Greek Orthodox parish here in Boston as well as occasionally going to an Evangelical church (Park Street Church; it's officially Congregational but basically draws droves of student and 20-something "nondenom" Evangelicals). It's my brother's church, and she and I have quite a few friends there and hang out together with them often (I've gone to a service at Park Street a couple times before; never in place of mass, of course). Irene also attends some of the prayer/fellowship gatherings (called "Cafe") on Tuesday and Friday nights.
I was talking with her today on Boston Common, where Park Street had its annual picnic (the church building overlooks the Common). Basically, because she is busy at work and can't go to both all the time, she's decided to start going to services at Park Street full-time instead of her Greek Orthodox church. The problem, she says, is that Orthodox parishes around are full of white heads and have no fellowship or lively social life. She said she really needs that fellowship with other young Christians that her parish simply doesn't offer her. It's basically dead, she says.
Now, I'm blessed to go to one of several Catholic churches in the city full of students and young people and an active parish life. I feel bad that she doesn't have that at her parish, but I wouldn't want her to give up the Divine Liturgy and Eucharist for this. Park Street is a very nice church as Evangelical churches go, and it is full of life, but it is not still not part of the Church of the apostles and does not offer the sacred mysteries. I wouldn't want Irene to end up there and drift away from the Church.
Does anyone know of an Orthodox parish in or around Boston with a sizeable number of young people and an active parish life?