Julianna’s Journey: Part One

More entries on our series for women who convert to Orthodoxy without their husbands. by JuliannaI grew up in a family that didn’t really practice any religion. My father had grown up in the Roman Catholic Church and left as a teenager. My mother had grown up in the Southern Baptist tradition, but from a very young age in a family full of difficulties had decided she didn’t believe in God. So my parents raised me to be a very free thinker, but we would go to occasional church services from time to time. As a small child I remember being in AWANAs for a time due to my parents’ then circle of friends and we would sometimes go to the Catholic … [Read more...]

China sees First Chinese Orthodox Priest in Sixty Years

The first mainland Chinese Orthodox priest ordained for six decades led an Easter service on Sunday — one of the most surprising fruits of warming ties between Moscow and Beijing.Alexander Yu Shi said prayers in the Church Slavonic language and in Mandarin beside the Church of Holy Protection in the northeastern city of Harbin, surrounded by local worshippers."It is a happy day. We are welcoming the resurrection," he said. "And for the Eastern Orthodox Church in Harbin, it's also a resurrection."The small and elderly Orthodox community — mostly descended from Chinese and Russians who intermarried in the city's cosmopolitan heyday a century … [Read more...]

“Is there a God? Why Believe.” Fr. Themi Adamopoulo

Fr. Themi, as usual, tells it like it is.In this video, he tells the story of his journey of faith from thinking Christianity was the enemy to becoming an Orthodox Christian. … [Read more...]

Why Would a Protestant Convert to Eastern Orthodox Christianity?

by Ben Cabe Why would a Protestant Christian convert to Eastern Orthodox Christianity? Such a question cannot be answered through the use of dogmatic assertions or theoretical musings. For such a question presupposes a particular person’s journey of faith. And such a journey can only be spoken of from experience.* Similarly, Christianity at its core is an encounter with Christ—a relationship—not a formal set of dogmas. It is not my aim to embark on the process of comparative religion. The journey I wish to take you on is my own: how a nominal Protestant Christian, and his family, found the fulness of Christ in the Eastern Orthodox … [Read more...]