Something More Real on the Other Side of Sorrow

by C. J. S. HaywardA departure from our recent series on women and men who come to Orthodoxy without their spouses, this article is a deeper introspection of a student struggling Introduction: A bit of backgroundI know one Orthodox priest of venerable age; the last time I saw him he was using a walker, and radiating a serene peacefulness as always. I lowered myself in asking a blessing, kissed his hand, and he placed a gentle kiss on my forehead. I remember that with gratitude. I remember thinking much earlier that he must have not suffered, but that is not true. His serene peacefulness is somewhere on the other side of sorrow.I was thinking … [Read more...]

Orthodoxy and Philosophy: An Interview with Travis Dumsday

by Tudor Petcu Tudor Petcu is a Romanian writer, graduate of the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, Romania. He has published a number of articles related to philosophy and theology in different cultural and academic journals. His work focuses on the evolution of Orthodox spirituality in Western societies as well and he is going to publish a book of interviews with Westerners converted to Orthodoxy. In this article, he interviews Travis Dumsday, a convert from Presbyterianism.  Tudor Petcu: With your permission, I would like to focus first of all on the idea of "orthodox philosophy", which in my opinion is so important, for at … [Read more...]

My Orthodox Journey

by Alison CloonanI was not baptized in the Orthodox Church when I converted from Protestantism.This has become a subject of intense controversy, but fortunately for me it was not when I received the Chrism of the Holy Spirit into the Orthodox faith twenty years ago. And even today I would not change my mind, because my baptism is a part of my spiritual story.Born in the late 1950s, I grew up and came of age in the late 1960s and early ‘70s and was raised in a non-denominational Protestant church. I was not Methodist, Calvinist, Lutheran, Episcopalian, Brethren, Presbyterian, Catholic, or even Baptist. We had no set dogma. We had no creed. The … [Read more...]

Never Say “Never” To Jesus: Part One

Another installment of our series on women who become Orthodox without their husbands, this is a powerful story of why one should never say 'never' to Jesus, and that no matter how sinful, demonic, or crazy your past, Jesus has a future for HannahI am an African/Native American woman. Our family were nominal Christians, I attended Catholic schools but we weren't Catholic. Ever since I can remember I was always afraid, I now realize that somewhere in my family history there were occultist and this left the door wide open for me to be oppressed by demons. I also must say my father and mother were divorced, and my mother was in an affair … [Read more...]