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Offline Olga24

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Finding a faith-friendly living environment
« on: August 04, 2018, 10:48:41 AM »
First of all: I know this is some kind of "luxury problem" as many christian face violence and not only a hostile society. So, I´m aware of that, please don´t see me as a spoiled person.
I am a convert, living with my (not yet converted) husband in the former GDA/germany, only one parish for our county, a great priest, but a raher small parish life. Instead of the liturgy (we can´t always go as sunday work is part of my husband´s contract) there´s not much to attend (groups etc). We live rather isolated, we are generally outgoing persons and enjoy company, but since we left university in our home town (where living costs made us move) there are not may people left. Germany is generally very secular, but in the east, it´s extreme. We are so sick of the drug use, fornication and sadness surounding us, the lack of religion of course, too.
What do you do in similar situations?
We would possibly move to another country, but this won´t mean the grass is greener, just to explain you our mood.
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Re: Finding a faith-friendly living environment
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2018, 04:48:58 PM »
Firstly, try to activate more parish life - it's not only the task of the priest. Secondly, there are many Orthodox parishes of variosu jurisdictions in Germany - maybe there are some pan-Orthodox meetings? Or even events organised by other, certain parishes?
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Re: Finding a faith-friendly living environment
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2018, 01:22:17 PM »
Our parish the only in almost the whole county and I already drive +2 hours by train which is because of my work times not easy. The next bigger parish would be 4 hours away and via train too expensive to reach for us.
Of course it´s up to us as believers to be part of an active parish life, but I can´t create new people out of nothing. Most peole who attend  the liturgy are very old or have young chldren and socalise more inside their familis because time is rare...

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Re: Finding a faith-friendly living environment
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2018, 12:23:33 PM »
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Re: Finding a faith-friendly living environment
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2018, 04:27:40 AM »
Our parish the only in almost the whole county and I already drive +2 hours by train which is because of my work times not easy. The next bigger parish would be 4 hours away and via train too expensive to reach for us.
Of course it´s up to us as believers to be part of an active parish life, but I can´t create new people out of nothing. Most peole who attend  the liturgy are very old or have young chldren and socalise more inside their familis because time is rare...

Really? This surprises me since I know of Orthodox Christians in Germany and they have mentioned there being quite a few parishes and even a couple monasteries. In the large cities especially. I mean, Munich even has their own saint(St. Alexander the new martyr). 

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Re: Finding a faith-friendly living environment
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2018, 02:12:17 PM »
Our parish the only in almost the whole county and I already drive +2 hours by train which is because of my work times not easy. The next bigger parish would be 4 hours away and via train too expensive to reach for us.
Of course it´s up to us as believers to be part of an active parish life, but I can´t create new people out of nothing. Most peole who attend  the liturgy are very old or have young chldren and socalise more inside their familis because time is rare...

Really? This surprises me since I know of Orthodox Christians in Germany and they have mentioned there being quite a few parishes and even a couple monasteries. In the large cities especially. I mean, Munich even has their own saint(St. Alexander the new martyr).

Eastern Germany is not western Germany.
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Re: Finding a faith-friendly living environment
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2018, 02:22:51 PM »
Our parish the only in almost the whole county and I already drive +2 hours by train which is because of my work times not easy. The next bigger parish would be 4 hours away and via train too expensive to reach for us.
Of course it´s up to us as believers to be part of an active parish life, but I can´t create new people out of nothing. Most peole who attend  the liturgy are very old or have young chldren and socalise more inside their familis because time is rare...

Really? This surprises me since I know of Orthodox Christians in Germany and they have mentioned there being quite a few parishes and even a couple monasteries. In the large cities especially. I mean, Munich even has their own saint(St. Alexander the new martyr).

Eastern Germany is not western Germany.
Indeed. In the larger cities in Western Germany, you will find all flavors of Orthodox parishes.
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Re: Finding a faith-friendly living environment
« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2018, 01:36:04 PM »
Please don´t underestimate the east-west difference in germany - I did so! Growing up in the western middle of the country after the fall of the GDR, I thought the situation today would be more balanced. When me moved in the east (and not berling or another big city) we were shocked. Religion is in all shades still mostly dead here. I currently work as a guide at an historic museum and get to know teachers often, and they didn´t change too. In most cases you won´t drive more than an hour in germany to visit any denomination you wish, but it´s different here.
The main problem is also really not my parish (which is great!) but the total lack of opportunities to share our faith in our daily life. It´s disturbing. It made me stronger and more strong in prayer, but I long for a rest, a place to meet other faithful often. If we had the money, we would pilgrim more or go on vacation, but we are living on our limits so much that driving to church is a financial burden.

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Re: Finding a faith-friendly living environment
« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2018, 01:36:53 PM »
Spanish Trail in Granbury Texas

I found a town on the internet - but I´m not sure I understand the reason why you linked it. May you explain?  :)

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Re: Finding a faith-friendly living environment
« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2018, 05:52:11 PM »
Spanish Trail in Granbury Texas

I found a town on the internet - but I´m not sure I understand the reason why you linked it. May you explain?  :)

I think he means to say that it's a faith-friendly environment (I think he lives in Texas). WPM has a tendency to post kind of randomly, he means no harm though.
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Re: Finding a faith-friendly living environment
« Reply #10 on: August 17, 2018, 09:42:57 AM »
Ah ok, thanks for clarifying.
Moving to Texas is just not an option for us ;-)