In Search of the Bride

By Hannah Hunt I was raised to love God. Throughout my entire adolescent life, I, along with my three brothers, was immersed in the protestant faith and was diligently raised to live as a godly person. I always knew that God worked directly in my life and was always there for me. Even during the tumultuous teenage years, when my actions were anything but godly, my inner heart never grew cold towards my Lord and Savior. In youth groups of varying denominations, I was taught to firmly own what I believed and equipped with the weapons necessary to defend those beliefs; however, the structure of these denominations remained a mystery to me and I … [Read more...]

New Zealand’s Maori Convert To Orthodoxy

The indigenous Maori people in New Zealand are converting to Orthodoxy under the influence of Russian immigrants, the diocese in Russia's Urals said on Monday, citing a Russian emigre. According to a letter sent to relatives in the Urals by a Russian woman who married a student from New Zealand, Russian immigrants "maintain Russian traditions in every house." "Seeing the example of Russian immigrants, many indigenous New Zealanders convert to Orthodoxy," the woman wrote, as quoted by the diocese of Yekaterinburg. "They baptize their children and give them Russian (Orthodox) names." The number of Russian immigrants to New … [Read more...]

I Knew Right Then, In That Second…

by Trudy Ellmore My family of origin is Roman Catholic, the faith I practiced until I was 18. My love of God was deep and personal. There was never a time in my life when God was not present, even in my earliest memories. Yet, when someone witnessed to me and asked, “Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? If you haven’t, you’re going to hell” my reaction was one of panic. I turned away from my childhood church to a non-denominational fundamentalist church to allay my fear of damnation. There I met my first husband. After our marriage, we became involved in a Southern Baptist church where we both were baptized by … [Read more...]

Digital Natives Embrace Ancient Church

Twentysomethings captivated by Orthodoxy by Andrea Goodell Tim Flinders will graduate from Grand Valley State University next month. Raised Lutheran, he also explored fundamentalist Baptism, Roman Catholicism and even Messianic Judaism before converting to Orthodox Christianity this year. “Orthodoxy has completely transformed me already,” he said. “I feel like the first time in my life I’m growing spiritually.” Flinders, 22, like many other young people converting to Eastern Orthodoxy, was looking for authenticity and historical accuracy in his Christian faith. “I had so many different questions that needed to be answered,” … [Read more...]