by Elisabeth Hawkins I want to share how Grand Duchess Elizabeth has helped me in guiding me to Orthodoxy and strengthening my faith. As a divorced single mother, I was living with my eight-year-old son Timothy near Albany, New York. My older brother bad become a monk at Holy Trinity Monastery, in Jordanville, and came […]
by Fr. Janis Kalnins As an Orthodox priest, I am often asked the question, “How is it that you, a Latvian, were drawn to embrace such a non-traditional Faith? After all, Latvians are predominantly either Lutheran or Roman Catholic.” It grieves me that so many people have a narrow, nationalist understanding of Orthodoxy. In my […]
by David Trace I first became exposed to Orthodoxy as an undergraduate over twenty years ago. I was taking a Russian language course and was told that a local Orthodox parish had a Russian festival. The professor recommended it. To my knowledge she was not Orthodox. I went and purchased my first icon. Each year […]
I wanted to tell everyone I “found” the Orthodox Church like it was a million dollars! My return to the Orthodox Church was only a beginning of a journey, but at least now I knew the path. I compare it to living on a patch of dirt your whole life and never knowing that right underneath this dirt there is a well with hidden treasures of indescribable beauty.
On Wednesday and Friday, the student body was treated to a veritable “Who’s Who” in the Charismatic Word of Faith world. All the top TBN tele-evangelists visited during my four years. The student body would get all hyped up about the newest theological trend and mantra for getting God to give you stuff…Protestantism was like a photocopy of a photocopy of a photocopy of a photocopy of a photocopy.