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Acting out

New York City church ministers to actors and others in Times Square community

In Manhattan's Times Square, worlds collide: The center of the performing arts community cohabits with the poor and disenfranchised, and with those caught up in drugs and prostitution.

St. Luke Lutheran Church sits in the midst of these worlds, trying to minister to all of them.

On a recent Wednesday at the Manhattan church, an audience watched a matinee performance of Late Nite Catechism in the basement, which also houses a church-run soup kitchen and clothing program. In the five-story parish house, a homeless shelter co-sponsored by St. Luke was in operation, immigrants were being counseled and children attended school.


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