Christ Church (Anglican), Vienna

Christ Church (Anglican), Vienna

Sept. 22: First visit to church in Vienna. I immediately fell in love with the open, friendly, welcoming spirit of this little Anglican congregation. There are some very long-time members, and many like me who come and go for varying lengths of time. The congregation is made up of Anglicans and friends from all over the globe, especially the UK (as you’d expect), and Nigeria and Kenya. It has been said, not entirely tongue-in-cheek, that African Anglicans have saved the Anglican Church in Europe by their avid participation. The church was initially a mission of the British Embassy which is across the street, and belongs to the Diocese of Europe, which extends almost to the North Pole. The membership is a fascinating and highly educated mix of international bankers, UN executives, translators, teachers, graduate students, and more. I decided to jump in with both feet, and will be joining the choir on Thursday!

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Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychology and Religion, Union Theological Seminary, New York NY
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