An American Pilgrimage to the Orthodox Church: Part 1

by James Kushiner I don’t remember when I first became aware that there are other than Roman Catholic or Protestant Christians. There are so many Catholics and so many Protestants in the United States that the Orthodox virtually are an invisible minority to many. When I finally became aware of the Orthodox, I was not impressed. I heard about a local Greek Orthodox parish, where they mostly spoke Greek; I figured it was just an “immigrant” religion. The children and grandchildren of those Greeks, having been born and raised in America, would adopt American churchgoing habits, I thought, and become either Episcopalian or Presbyterian or … [Read more...]

Irreconcilable Differences in Orthodox Conversion

By Tudor Petcu A Romanian writer, Tudor is a 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 post, he interviews Fr. Brian Noel, an American Convert to Orthodoxy. First of all, I would like you to talk a little bit about yourself and about your conversion to Orthodoxy, so that our readers discover your personality. I … [Read more...]

The Orthodox William Harrington

by Tudor PetcuA Romanian writer, Tudor is a 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 William Harrington, an American Convert to Orthodoxy.TP: With your permission, I am interested to find out more information about your spiritual personality before becoming an Orthodox. Who were you before … [Read more...]

The Benefit of Russian History for American Converts

American converts can be enlightened, inspired, and educated by learning the history of Chrisianity in Russia.by Susan AndersonIf there is a country in the world that is akin to America in spirit, it is Russia. Both countries possess wide expanses of land, and people who exude awareness of that breadth. Both contain a variety of colorful cities, each with its own flair. Both have inhabitants who love to travel, and who have a sense of unity through ethnic diversity. In other ways, however, Russia differs profoundly from America. Most importantly, America is philosophically rooted in Enlightenment thought, with man as the measure of things, … [Read more...]