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Saint John's is a welcoming community of the Episcopal Church, the American Anglicans, located in the heart of the city of Baltimore at 30th and Greenmount in the old village of Huntingdon - an area now known more commonly as the Waverly and Charles Villages. We are young and old, rich and poor, straight and gay, liberal and conservative, and most things in between. Our goal is not like-mindedness, but a holy communion of mutual respect and understanding, in order that together we may find God and serve the world in Christ's name.
Our worship is full of poetry, using the language and beauty of traditional Anglican forms and music. Our concerns are as contemporary and energized as today's news. We are modern people seeking the eternal God. We delve deeply and courageously into the spiritual life and its disciplines, unafraid to ask questions and admit that we do not have all the answers. Our business is reconciliation: with God, with each other, with all creation. On our spiritual journey we welcome anyone seeking God, and also those who are merely respectfully curious.
At Saint John's you can expect to find a spiritual tradition of rich depth, with breadth of experience and an atmosphere of profound mutual respect. Beauty and the arts are used here as important expressions of indefinable truth. An historic choral tradition of excellence enriches the spiritual life of our congregation, our community, our City, and our Diocese. We support eight Choral Scholars, as well as over half a dozen local, regional, and international outreach programmes. Reaching out in service to others is our call and our joy.
In this community you will find tradition balanced with honest inquiry and openness to new ideas. You will find things to comfort, to challenge, to reassure, and to perplex you, and you'll find the security of a place which is not afraid to let you feel them all! In short, we endeavour to be a place for you to seek, find, and enjoy God. Yes, enjoy.
What you won't find here is frozen dogmatic 'religion' or fundamentalism. Yes, we treasure the historic creeds and the Bible. We use them as indispensable formative expressions of the Christian faith to be reckoned and wrestled with today, by using the insight, maturity, and wisdom of all generations, including our own. We don't claim to have all the answers to today's issues, but we do have thousands of years of hard human experience- good, bad, ugly, and beautiful- with which to address them, while seeking the Spirit of God in them. We believe Jesus died and rose to free us from evil, not from our brains. So, as he said once to a disciple, "Come and see!" God doesn't use coercion, neither do we. Join us when you can. We welcome you!
In Christ our hope,
Jesse L. A. Parker, Rector