Number of Orthodox Increase, Catholics Decrease in Central, Eastern Europe

The majority of residents of Central and Eastern Europe are Orthodox Christians, their numbers increasing while those of Catholics have been decreasing, according to new findings of the Pew Research Center. Overall, about 57% consider themselves Orthodox, including residents of ten countries with an Orthodox majority, including Russia, Ukraine, Greece, Belarus, Bulgaria, Serbia, Georgia, and […]

Finding the Communion that Never Ends

by Jon Boatwright My journey to the Orthodox Church began in a way that has been hard for me to put into words. People often ask me why I converted to the Eastern Church from a Protestant tradition. That’s usually when I start rambling. But I’ve also discovered that many others have similar difficulties. It’s […]

A Life in a String of Epiphanies

by Reader John I’ve been blogging now for more than seven years, and religion has been a frequent topic. But I’m pretty sure I’ve never set out an orderly account of my religious pilgrimage or explained just what my beefs are with the Christian traditions I’ve left. I intend to remedy that right now. I considered serializing this, […]

My Search for the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church

by Matthew Douglas The story of my conversion to Holy Orthodoxy is very long, and the process consisted in so many steps, trials, and phases of contemplation that it is difficult to find a good starting point. Honestly, I believe that a whole book could one day be written about God’s divine guidance of me […]

The Brotherhood of Moses the Black

by Katie Zavadski It may come as a shock to some, but one surprising religion is making serious inroads into the African-American community. When Karl Berry walked into an Orthodox Church for the first time in 1983, he saw icons of black saints. He and his wife were living in Atlanta at the time, and […]

Utah Mormons, Protestants Finding New Spiritual Home in Ancient Orthodox Church

by Bob Mims Utah Mormons and Protestants are rediscovering a reverence for God by converting to Orthodoxy. It shook the fundamentalist Christian world to its roots: Hank Hanegraaff, the darling of evangelicals as host of the long-running, nationally syndicated “Bible Answer Man” broadcast, had joined the Greek Orthodox Church. Hanegraaff, for nearly 30 years president […]

When Spontaneity Goes Stale

by Zachary (Zecchaeus) Jensen As a child I lived in four states and moved from one side of the country to the other. The high school that I graduated from was a small Christian school in Illinois. The church connected to it was becoming more and more “reformed Protestant” as time went on, which affected […]

From Irish Soldier to Orthodox Priest

By Christos Mouzeviris Father Thomas Carroll is a 70-year-old priest in Dublin, Ireland. He grew up rural county Tipperary, in a family with strong military ties. His father fought in Gallipoli, while his great uncle was at the battle of Thessalonica during the first World War. Growing up in a Catholic secondary school, he felt […]

“I Ran Out of the Catholic Church, Vowing Never to Return”

An Interview with Fr. Sergius Labunsky, a former Roman Catholic We continue to publish the materials of Spas TV program My Path To God where Priest George Maximov interviews people who converted to Orthodoxy after searching for the truth for a long time. Today the guest of Father George’s program is Priest Sergius Labunsky. His […]

The Hotel: Why I Checked-Out of Protestantism: Part 1

by G. D. Andreano Preface My departure from Protestantism was a change that occurred very slowly over the course of multiple years. However, before I begin talking about the problems I have found in my examination of Protestantism (which are largely my reasons for leaving), I want to preface this by saying that I am […]