Cafe serves diners in ambiance of Eastern Orthodox Christianity
- Saturday, 06/10/06
Cafe serves diners in ambiance of Eastern Orthodox ChristianityOpinion
Rarely have theology and lasagna been such allies.One of Nashville's best kept gastro-spiritual secrets is a little cafe/bookshop near Vanderbilt. It offers the ambiance of Eastern Orthodox Christianity calming ancient Russian hymns, walls of wooden icons with a menu of sandwiches, hummus plates and espresso.Alektor Cafe and Books, 1807 Grand Ave., is a ministry, not just a menu, tapping recent trends of interest in ancient liturgy and creeds.The place is run by a soft-spoken Orthodox priest and his wife, who wanted to create a non-threatening entry point into Orthodoxy for people curious about the beauty and rigor of this ancient branch of the faith.Their soft-sell approach has borne fruit. The Rev. Parthenios Turner and wife Marion Jessee Turner now lead a worshipping community of 50.The St. John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox Mission meets at nearby Scarritt-Bennett Center's Laskey building (Sundays at 8:45 a.m. and 10 a.m.; Saturdays at 6 p.m.)
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