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Monday, January 13, 2003

 

Amsterdam Update
I'm spending most of my time here in Amsterdam studying the churches and neighborhood of Bos en Lommer, a predominantly Moroccan and Turkish area directly west of downtown Amsterdam. Most of the time since my last post has been taken up with getting a handle on the neighborhood, mapping it and so on. I have also attended a couple church services yesterday. Traditional Dutch churches in Bos en Lommer are under a three pronged attack that has been going for quite some time, of secularization, the flight of younger parishoners to the suburbs, and Muslim immigrants. This has been shrinking churches for the past quarter century and before, forcing many to combine together. One of the two churches I attended yesterday was an agglomeration of what had been, at one point, four different denominations--two from the same Reformed tradition, a third reformed church, and a Lutheran church, whose building they are currently using. The good news is that this has apparently gone off quite well. Other good news is that there is a strong chance for a recovery of the church in the area--if they will integrate. The other church I went to, a Filipino charismatic-Catholic joint service, had well over 100 people in attendance, despite the fact that Filipinos are not a significant minority in Bos en Lommer.
More updates will probably come at some point.
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