From the monthly archives:

July 2009

Lutheran Scholar converts to Orthodox Church

July 13, 2009

Most stunning perhaps was, in 1996, the conversion of Jaroslav Pelikan, Yale University’s celebrated church historian and Luther scholar. Here is a man who has co-edited 22 of the 55 volumes of Luther’s Works in English, and then late in life he “moved East,” as some theologians like to say. “I was the Lutheran with […]

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Why I Left Evangelicalism for Eastern Orthodoxy

July 13, 2009

Theron’s Story: Why I Left Evangelicalism for Eastern Orthodoxy Filed under: Eastern Orthodoxy Why do we see a growing number of evangelicals in the West converting to Eastern Orthodoxy (Francis Schaeffer’s son, for example)? Why do we see a mirror image overseas in predominantly Eastern Orthodox countries, where more and more convert to evangelical Christianity? […]

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Orthodoxy in DIXIE

July 13, 2009

I’m a Southerner. I was born and reared a Southern Baptist; educated as an Episcopalian, and converted to Orthodox Christianity a decade ago. Since then, I’ve been struggling to be Orthodox. As a missionary priest, I’ve also struggled to bring others to Orthodoxy in the South. More than anything, I’ve learned that I have a […]

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Continuing Anglican Bishop Converts to Western Rite Orthodoxy

July 13, 2009

Continuing Anglican Bishop Converts to Western Rite Orthodoxy Bishop Robert F. Waggener (in the middle, for our ECUSA friends). Bishop Robert F. Waggener will trade his bishop’s mitre for a priest’s biretta in the Western Rite. Bishop Waggener, who until recently served as bishop of the Diocese of the Holy Cross, has become the first […]

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Episcopal congregation embracing Orthodox faith

July 13, 2009

July 9, 2007 (Daily Oklahoman) –A new Orthodox Christian church is forming in north Oklahoma City. Mark Wallace, a former Charismatic Episcopal priest, is leading his former congregants through becoming an Orthodox Christian congregation. Wallace and many members of his former Holy Trinity Charismatic Episcopal Church are taking classes and attending services at St. Elijah […]

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Julius Joseph Overbeck

July 13, 2009

Julius Joseph Overbeck was a Roman Catholic priest who converted to Eastern Orthodoxy and became a pioneer of Western Rite Orthodoxy. The modern re-emergence of an Orthodox Western Rite begins in 1864 with the work of former Catholic priest Julius Joseph Overbeck. Overbeck had left the priesthood, converted to Lutheranism and married, though it is […]

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More Americans join Orthodox Christian Churches- News Item

July 7, 2009

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Greg Mencotti worried he would never find a spiritual home. The Sunday school teacher grew up Roman Catholic, lost his faith and became an atheist. Eventually, he returned to Christianity, this time as a born-again Christian, spending years worshipping in a Methodist congregation. Still, he felt his search wasn’t over. That led […]

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Conversion Story – Rusty Tisdale (former Pentecostal)

July 7, 2009

I was raised in the Oneness Pentecostal movement until I was twelve years old. My mother was more devout, and my dad had stopped attending church by the time I was around six or seven. The Oneness Pentecostals are a very, very strict sect of the Pentecostal churches. I remember when we had no television […]

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Personal Story of Fr. George Johnson

July 7, 2009

This letter was sent to the ORTHODOX mailing list in response to another letter, and is used here with permission. September 30/17, 1995 – Martyrs Sophia and her daughters, Faith, Hope and Love I am a priest in the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, serving in the cathedral of St John the Baptist in Washington, […]

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Orthodox Converts- Books

July 7, 2009

An Annotated Bibliography of Works in English Concerning Conversion to the Eastern Orthodox Churches–A Work in Progress by William M. Klimon This bibliography concentrates, though not exclusively, on the recent converts to Orthodoxy in the United States and Great Britain, but will be expanded to include works from other periods and places. In addition, there […]

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Chinese students studying Russian convert to Orthodoxy

July 7, 2009

VLADIVOSTOK. Chinese students living in Vladivostok increasingly convert to the Orthodox faith, undergo the sacrament of baptism and become regular parishioners of Vladivostok temples, informs ITERATES citing the press-service of the Vladivostok-Primers diocese. The latest converts to Orthodoxy were two girls from Beijing. Together with baptismal crosses they received Orthodox names – Fatima and Hope. […]

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Turning to Orthodoxy

July 7, 2009

Amy Johnson Frykholm is the author of Rapture Culture: Left Behind in Evangelical America. This article appeared in The Christian Century, December 28, 2004. pp. 18-20. Copyright by the Christian Century Foundation; used by permission. Current articles and subscriptions information can be found at www.christiancentury.org. This material was prepared for Religion Online by Ted and […]

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A Brief Description of My Journey to Orthodoxy

July 2, 2009

The following is a recent article I wrote for the parish news letter at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Santa Fe. I grew up in an evangelical family who attended the local Methodist church where I was taught that the Bible and prayer are necessary parts of one’s daily life. The spiritual grounding that I […]

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Another Journey to Orthodoxy-Two

July 2, 2009

When I was at Durham University in the 1970’s I kept a diary, and I recorded an event which I had completely forgotten until I re-read it a couple of years ago: I attended a talk on the Orthodox Church which so impressed me that I thought about joining. Well, it didn’t happen. In fact, […]

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Another Journey to Orthodoxy-One

July 2, 2009

My pilgrimage to Orthodox Church has lasted seventy-seven years. It has been a process of slow evolution rather than a quick revolution. It has been a search for the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. My first fifteen years were spent in Methodism, where I learned something of the Bible, and to sing Methodist hymns. […]

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The Lure of a Mystical Path

July 2, 2009

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 […]

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