The Lure of the Mystical Path

By Alice Tallmadge, Correspondent Originally published in The Oregonian, Sunday, April 9, 2000 From Ashland to Portland, the Orthodox tradition is drawing Oregonians to its ancient depths EUGENE — The Saturday night buzz is revving outside the doors of St. Eugene Orthodox Church in the Whiteaker neighborhood. Motors race. Doors slam. Nearby taverns begin to fill with eager revelers. But inside the walls of the humble, dome-topped church, an otherworldly peace reigns. Pungent incense hangs in the air. Gold-flecked icons, lit by flickering tapers, line the dark red walls. Women, their long hair covered with scarves, stand on one … [Read more...]