A Journey from Western Christianity via Hinduism to Orthodoxy

What a path, through Hinduism to Orthodoxy and the True Faith! Fr. Nikon of New Skete [Mount Athos] remembers an Englishman who was troubled by his Church and went to India, Calcutta, in search of a genuine spiritual experience. He studied at the Hindu Faculty for four years, but still he did not find what he was looking for… “And the principal of the Faculty of Theology, of that foreign religion in Calcutta, tells him: ‘If you want something deeper, then go to the Orthodox’. And this was told to him by one of another religion.” And then he found that the Monastery across the street from his house is actually the Essex … [Read more...]

Reflections of an Orthodox Pilgrim

by Fr. Brendan Pelphrey Converts to Orthodoxy are frequently asked why we became Orthodox.  Since my wife and I were chrismated in 1995 we have answered this question hundreds of times, but often it is difficult to know exactly what to say.  It is not that our story changes each time, but that the reason for asking can be different for different people.  But first a word about how we became Orthodox. In our particular case, the process took many years—more than a quarter of a century, altogether. The process began in graduate school, when we first heard of the Orthodox Church (we didn’t know anything about it before); or actually … [Read more...]

A Catechmen’s Journey From Hinduism

In a nutshell: I was born and raised Hindu, then was Baha’i for 5 years (2002-2007) before becoming Christian and finding the Orthodox church. How exactly did this happen? Well, as a Hindu, what I learned about other religions were that there are many paths up the same spiritual mountain to reach God. Maybe even the belief that the differences argued about between different religions are like the blind men in a room with an elephant, each feeling a different part and jumping to a different conclusion about what it is - each accurately describing in his own way what one aspect of the elephant was like, but unable to see the … [Read more...]