From the Khanya blog. Yesterday we went to the Voortrekker Monument for a ceremony in which two Orthodox priests, Fr Zacharias van Wyk and Fr Kobus van der Riet, were given special awards for their contribution to Afrikaans literature and culture by translating Orthodox liturgical texts into Afrikaans. The awards were made at an event […]
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 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 […]
We offer you an article written by Fr. Geoffrey Korz, Managing Editor of Orthodox Canada and the Dean of All Saints of North America Orthodox Church in Hamilton ON, Canada. Some years ago, I had the pleasure of dining in Toronto’s “Greek Town” with a sister in Christ, a Greek grandmother who had been around […]
There are more Orthodox Christians than representatives of other religions among residents of Estonia aged 15 and above. 16% of Estonia’s population call themselves Orthodox, reports Interfax Religion. According to the 2011 population and living space census, 10% of the Estonian population consider themselves Lutherans, reported the Department of Statistics on Monday. At the same […]
Another story of Orthodoxy in Scotland. More on Fr. John will be forthcoming next week. One of Scotland’s most senior priests died just weeks after seeing his “life’s work” complete – as his once tiny congregation bought a huge new church. Eastern Orthodox clergyman John Maitland Moir died last week at the age of 89, […]
We often complain about life: Public transport is really annoying… Where are all these people going anyway?… We’ve had enough of this rain… Why is this heat so unbearable?… What do they want me to do anyway? I’m fed up with all this shouting and noise and fuss… We could go on listing the complaints, […]
by Asmaa al-Ghoul In the only Orthodox Church in Gaza, surrounded by saints’ icons hanging on the walls, young and old churchgoers — along with Greek Orthodox Bishop Alexios and worshippers — sing hymns, hold candles and burn incense, filling the place with an aromatic smell and bringing more holiness upon this sacred dwelling. They […]