Indian Church in Fremont

Fremont has a very high percentage of immigrants among the city residents. Especially North Fremont, where I live has a sizable Indian crowd. Most, like us are immigrants. Because of which Indian food, groceries and Bollywood movies are all within a ten minute drive, which is nice. Recently an Indian Church has come up close to where I live. I have never seen one before.

The proportion of Indian Christians amongst immigrant Indians may be higher than in India but still should not be more than say 10%. And given that there will be plenty of options on churches to join in the US, I wonder what drives the need for an Indian church. Could it be that Syrian Catholics (or other Indian Christian communities) from India practice their faith differently enough to feel the need for a separate church? Or is it the need to share their common, distinctive culture which an American church does not fulfill?

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3 Responses to Indian Church in Fremont

  1. Joseph Joshy says:

    You are right. The syrian rite is different from the roman catholic mass. I think it is basically connecting to ones roots, having an unique identity and yes of course, the number game too!

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  2. Dying to understand says:

    Fremont has a very high percentage of programmers among the city residents. Especially North Fremont, where I live has a sizable tech crowd. Recently a new programming language – Erlang – is getting a lot of buzz. I have never seen one before because I have been in sales all my life.

    The proportion of programmers adopting this new language amongst Fremont techies may be higher than the worldwide adoption rate but still should not be more than say 10%. And given that there will be plenty of programming languages, I wonder what drives the need for a new programming language. Could it be that Erlang programmers practice their faith differently enough to feel the need for a separate language? Or is it the need to share their common, distinctive culture which a regular language does not fulfill?

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    • Dying – I think there was an interesting point in the analogy here, but I hesitate to guess what it is. There are significant differences between people practicing a faith but attending the church of an "adjacent" denomination and people who are dissatisfied with a certain church/denomination and go set up their own which is what a new programming language would be analogous to.

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