Muslims Converting to Orthodox Christianity

Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslim nation, with over 200 million Muslims who make up nearly 90% of the population. Yet its culture has been uniquely influenced over thousands of years by all the world’s major religions. Archimndrite Daniel Byantoro is a priest in the ancient Orthodox Christian Church and was the first Indonesian Orthodox Christian in the current era. Under his leadership, the Indonesian Orthodox Church has grown steadily for the last two decades, and uniquely reflects the Indonesian culture in which it was formed. He is a dynamic and inspirational speaker. Fr. Daniel is largely responsible for the modern birth of … [Read more...]

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...]