Mark Bradshaw, with Conversations On Orthodoxy, recently interviewed me regarding my conversion to the Orthodox Christian Faith. An audio recording of the interview is available online. Here is a transcript of the interview: Mark Bradshaw: Welcome to another Conversation on Orthodoxy. Deacon Joseph Gleason: I think that when you go into an Orthodox church, and you open […]
by Columbina I am slightly un-nerved by the prospect of writing my “conversion story”. Firstly, this is because I am rather suspicious of such stories. In the western Protestant and Roman Catholic worlds, it has become a game of one-up-manship, an exercise in who can tell the tallest tale, and who has the most lurid […]
by Jamey Bennett I am asked fairly regularly to share my conversion story. I haven’t really written out my journey into the Orthodox Church in a full narrative. I hinted at some things related to my Mormon heritage here, but even that doesn’t quite tell the story. Honestly, I’m not sure I am interesting enough […]
All these years after work I would go to the outside of the churches in the beginning – something was pulling me there – and afterwards I began to enter within. I would become calm. As my Greek was getting better, I wanted to know more about Christ. I found a New Testament, however it was in a language I did not understand [Koine Greek]. Eventually I found a blue one in the Greek I had learned. I began to read it. I decided that I wanted to become a Christian.
By Angela Ward Ask most East Texans about the major divisions of Christianity and their response will probably mention only two of the three: Roman Catholics and Protestants. The third branch of Christianity, Eastern Orthodox, is relatively unknown in most of the southern United States, but that’s beginning to change. The Rev. John Mikita, pastor […]
by R. Leo Olson In this excerpt from his memoir, Unlearning God, R. Leo Olson describes his conversion to Orthodoxy from a Protestant fundamentalism as a process of healing from his “spiritual head injuries” and unlearning a problematic understanding of God. Part of unlearning the conception of God that I had picked up in my […]
The second Wednesday of Great Lent this year, March 14/27, will mark the 246th anniversary of the falling asleep in the Lord of the ever-memorable Colonel Philip Ludwell III, of Williamsburg, VA, the first documented convert to Orthodoxy in the Americas. Last year, the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan […]