I’m standing at the corner of Seven Mile Road and Scituate Avenue, in what is called the village of Hope, Rhode Island. Well, I’m not standing in the middle of the road, because, although it’s not Route 95, sometimes the cars do fly past. When I face one way, I see this:
This is the brand-new St. Mary and St. Mena Coptic Orthodox Church of Rhode Island. It’s big and it has a gold dome that gleams in the sun and is visible from a distance.
When I turn and face the other way, I see this:
And this is part of Cloverdale Farm. There are cows grazing in the fields outside the frame of this photograph. There’s a little article about Cloverdale, and its cows, here. It’s a good story, and worth your time. Cloverdale is old, but hanging on. It’s what Scituate, Hope, and western Cranston were all about for a long time. And now Cloverdale has a new neighbor: a bright white church with a shiny gold dome, in a state that was founded on the premise of religious tolerance.