From the Church of Christ to the Orthodox Church: Part 5

by David Scott KlajicSearching for OrthodoxyAfter I got back from my second deployment, we had a series of awkward conversations with the RC priest where were worshipping. When he informed me that I needed to "re-do" my conversion, I think he expected me to jump right on it. Instead, I basically said"um, no thanks. I think this happened for a reason."Very shortly after that, I did an internet search for Orthodox churches in the Austin area. I found a Russian one (Fr. Aidan Kellers parish in Pflugerville), a ROCOR church, an Antiocian one and a few others.But Holy Apostle and Evangelist St Lukes Serbian Parish, for some reason did not come up … [Read more...]

From the Church of Christ to the Orthodox Church: Part 1

by David Scott KlajicScott's journey took him from Orthodoxy to the Church of Christ, to Presbyterianism, to Eastern (Byzantine) Catholicism, to Roman Catholicism right back into the arms of the Orthodox Church. In 2015, I “converted” to Orthodoxy, at 43 years old.At the time, I had recently returned from my second deployment (I am an army officer) and had reached the final step in a journey that took, I guess, the entire previous 43 years.  I was married, had 4 children, and a basically stable life. How did I get here?BackgroundMy father was a Yugoslavian national of Serbian descent who defected from the Tito regime in 1958. He was Serbian … [Read more...]

The Difference Between Orthodox Spirituality and Other Traditions

Orthodox spirituality differs distinctly from any other "spirituality" of an eastern or western type. There can be no confusion among the various spiritualities, because Orthodox spirituality is God-centered, whereas all others are man-centered.by Metropolitan Hierotheos VlachosThe difference appears primarily in the doctrinal teaching. For this reason we put "Orthodox" before the word "Church" so as to distinguish it from any other religion. Certainly "Orthodox" must be linked with the term "Ecclesiastic," since Orthodoxy cannot exist outside of the Church; neither, of course, can the Church exist outside Orthodoxy.The dogmas are the results … [Read more...]

A Catholic Hermit Converted To Orthodoxy

By Konstantin Matsan Translated by Olga Lissenkova, Edited by Yana Samuel and Isaac (Gerald) Herrin A well-known theologian, hieromonk Gabriel Bunge, rarely gives interviews. He leads a hermit's life in a small skete in Switzerland, never uses the Internet, and the only means of communication with him is the telephone. The latter works as the answering machine in a distant room. If you want to talk with him, you have to leave a message with the time when you are going to phone again, and if Father Gabriel is ready to talk, he will be near the telephone at the time you specified. We were lucky not to go through this complex … [Read more...]