Study Finds More Converts Than Expected

by Nicole Neroulias A new study of Orthodox Christians in America has found a larger-than-expected number of converts, mostly from Roman Catholic and evangelical Protestant backgrounds. The report, released by the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute in Berkeley, Calif., surveyed 1,000 members of Greek Orthodox or Orthodox Church in America congregations, which represent about 60 percent of America's estimated 1.2 million Orthodox Christians. Although Orthodox churches were historically immigrant communities, the study found that nine out of 10 parishioners are now American-born. Thousands of members had converted to the faith … [Read more...]

Combining the Uncombinable

Being Orthodox Christian in a Muslim Lebanon by Nadezda Livanova Nadezda was born in Moscow in 1976. Her first education is a  primary school teacher, and she graduated from the Moscow University of Psychology and Education. Currently she works as a pre-school psychologist. She is married, has a son and a daughter, takes interest in family psychology, tourism, and likes Arabic culture. I was born in Moscow where my mother always lived, and my father had a Lebanese origin. When I was about three years old my brother and I were sent to Lebanon because our parents were students, and taking care of us — who tended to be … [Read more...]

From Baptist To Boznia To Byzantium

An Interview with Fr. James Early Originally posted on the Byzantine Texas blogsite, this interview is an excellent introduction to Fr. James' story and conversion, which we will be publishing shortly in serial format here at JTO!   What prompted you to write the book? First, several people who had heard me tell my conversion story suggested that I write a book about it, since my story is so unusual. I resisted for quite some time, but finally decided to give in! Second, I had always been frustrated by (usually due to lack of time) not being able to completely explain the various reasons why my wife and I chose to … [Read more...]

In Search of the Bride

By Hannah Hunt I was raised to love God. Throughout my entire adolescent life, I, along with my three brothers, was immersed in the protestant faith and was diligently raised to live as a godly person. I always knew that God worked directly in my life and was always there for me. Even during the tumultuous teenage years, when my actions were anything but godly, my inner heart never grew cold towards my Lord and Savior. In youth groups of varying denominations, I was taught to firmly own what I believed and equipped with the weapons necessary to defend those beliefs; however, the structure of these denominations remained a mystery to me and I … [Read more...]