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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

What Yoga Really Is - Johannes Aagaard, Aarhus University, Danmark


WHAT ABOUT YOGA?


What Yoga Really Is

By

Johannes Aagaard

Aarhus University, Danmark

The philosophy of yoga can be expressed as follows:

“Ashes are fire, ashes are water, ashes are earthy everything is ashes, mind, sight, and the other senses are ashes.” (Atharva Siras)

All things in life are transitory, and pain, suffering, and death lurk behind everything. All of life with its omnipresent suffering and death goes on and on in an eternal cycle (samsara or the reincarnation cycle) from which no one escapes. Life is an endless wandering through relentless and insurmountable suffering. The future holds only further rebirths, and whether one is inching towards a better life or sinking into worse life makes little difference.

For all life is ashes.

Hinduism in all its various forms is first of all an attempt: escape from this relentless cycle of rebirth. It is not death wish because the aim is to escape death as well as life. Hindus wish to escape from life with good reason – for life on the Indian subcontinent is hard. Sickness of every kind, famine due to drought or flood, war and oppression make life an unbearable succession of suffering and defeat. The religious faith of the hindus which grows out of their painful experience of life finds its foremost expression in the god Shiva and his consort Kali.

Fear of death

The various Hindu techniques for liberation are attempts to be free of both life and death. Even those who fail to reach the ultimate goal can at least reduce their involvement with life. This is the aim of

Precious Vessels of the Holy Spirit: Blessed Fr. Epiphanios Theodoropoulos of Athens, Greece (+1989)


ORTHODOXY IS LOVE



Precious Vessels of the Holy Spirit:

Blessed Fr. Epiphanios Theodoropoulos

of Athens, Greece (+1989)

╰⊰¸¸.•¨*

From the Counsels

of

Blessed Fr. Epiphanios Theodoropoulos

Source:

https://orthodoxword.wordpress.com

https://orthodoxword.wordpress.com/2010/11/10/precious-vessels-of-the-holy-spirit-blessed-epiphanios-theodoropoulos/

ORTHODOX WORD

True love is like the flame of a candle. However many candles you light from the flame, the initial flame remains unaffected. It doesn’t lessen at all. And every freshly lit candle has as much flame as the others do.

I want whoever is near me to feel that he has room to breathe, not that he is suffocated. I don’t call anyone to me. I don’t hold onto anyone. I don’t chase anyone away. Whoever wants comes, whoever wants stays, whoever wants leaves. I don’t consider anyone a supporter or a follower.

I am not afraid of death. Not, of course, because of my works, but because I believe in God’s mercy.

Speak more to God about your children than to your children about God…. The soul of the teenager is in a state of an explosion of freedom. For this reason he has a hard time accepting various counsels. So, rather than counseling him continuously and re­proaching him now and again, leave the situation to Christ, to the Panaghia (Greek word meaning “All-Holy”. It is perhaps the most beloved term of

Video - Fr. Seraphim Bell, Scotland & USA: "I became Orthodox for one reason: Obedience to the Truth"


CONVERSIONS TO ORTHODOXY



Fr. Seraphim Bell, Scotland & USA: "I became Orthodox for one reason: Obedience to the Truth"

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Mission on the White Continent: Αn Interview with Hieromonk Pavel Gelyastanov - Fr. Pavel Gelyastanov


Mission on the White Continent:

Αn Interview with Hieromonk Pavel Gelyastanov

Fr. Pavel Gelyastanov

Source:

http://journeytoorthodoxy.com

http://journeytoorthodoxy.com/2013/03/13/mission-on-the-white-continent-an-interview-with-hieromonk-pavel-gelyastanov/

JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

We often complain about life: Public transport is really annoying… Where are all these people going anyway?… We’ve had enough of this rain… Why is this heat so unbearable?… What do they want me to do anyway? I’m fed up with all this shouting and noise and fuss… We could go on listing the complaints, dreaming about being on our own and how nice it is everywhere else, and in general having a moan and making out we want to get away from it all. But once you are at the end of the earth, suddenly everything is the other way around and you look at the world in a completely new way.

These are the thoughts I had when I met Hieromonk Pavel (Gelyastanov) who had just come back from an obedience of 15 months in the Antarctic. I don’t know if it is correct to call the Antarctic the end of the earth, but it could probably be called the end of the planet or the end of the map. Though, on the other hand, you can’t really see any earth in the Antarctic, rather it’s all ice, snow, water and rocks and Polar birdlife. But on top of this you have the people who are always there, far fewer than the visitors, but they live there in the kingdom of snow for about a year on average: they come from various countries to carry out some special task and then go home. This is why the Antarctic, discovered in 1820 by the Russian explorers Bellingshausen and Lazarev, is called a free country: there are no politics, no economy, no citizenship, no social divisions…

How did Fr. Paul, a monk from the Novospassky Monastery in Moscow, end up there? I tried to find the answer to this question not among the ice, but in Minsk, in our monastery where Father had come to ‘thaw out’ after his very long winter stay.

Tell us, Fr. Paul, how come you went to the Antarctic?

At the request of Archbishop Theognost, the Superior of the Holy Trinity-St Sergius Monastery, a decree was issued by his Holiness the Patriarch that I should be sent as a member of the 56th Russian Antarctic Expedition. I arrived there on 3 March 2011 to serve in the Holy Trinity church in

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Fr. Paul Sawabe of Japan, the former Samurai (+1913)


JAPAN OF MY HEART


St Nickolas of Japan (+1912)


Fr. Paul Sawabe of Japan, the former Samurai (+1913)

Paul (Pavel) Sawabe was the first Japanese student and catechumen of St. Nicholas of Japan after he had arrived in Hakodate, Japan in 1861. Paul was the first Japanese to embrace Orthodox Christianity and was an ardent disciple of the future St. Nicholas and was an active missionary. Through his efforts the Japanese mission drew many new Christians and in time he became the first Japanese to be ordained to the priesthood.

Takuma Sawabe was born in 1833 in Kochi prefecture. His original name was Yamamoto Kazuma. He was a student, with a cousin, of the samurai art of Ken-do (Japanese swordsmanship) and philosophy. In 1857, while walking off some heavy drinking, Yamamoto ended up with two watches stolen by his cousin, but which he tried to sell. Yamamoto fled to Hakodate to escape the police who had identified him as having stolen the watches. In Hakodate, Yamamoto married the daughter of a Shinto priest named Sawabe. Yamamoto, after marrying the priest's daughter, became an adopted son of the priest and changed his name. Under his new identity Takuma Sawabe did not participate in the Shinto priesthood, but led a group that reverenced the Emperor and demanded expulsion of the foreigners. The Russian Consulate in Hakodate became a target of their plan for assassinations.

One night in 1865, armed with a sword, he confronted the Hieromonk Nicholas with the intent of killing him before he did any preaching. In the exchange of words that followed, Nicholas questioned why Sawabe would kill him without hearing about what Nicholas would have to say. So, Sawabe asked Nicholas to tell him about his Christian religion. As the young missionary talked, his words softened Sawabe's heart, his interest increased, and he began to study the Christian doctrine. Soon, Sawabe was joined by a doctor friend, Sakai Tokurei, in a discussion group. They in turn were joined by two more friends, Urano and Suzuki, and so the group of catechumens grew. They themselves began teaching about Orthodox Christianity to other Japanese people. Yet at this time, the Japanese policy was still to persecute Christians and forbid conversion to Christianity.

Then in April 1868, with the Reader Bissarion Sartoff guarding the consulate office door, Nicholas baptized Sawabe, Sakai, and Urano with the baptismal names for Paul, John, and James respectively. They had become the first Japanese people to accept Orthodox Christianity. With their baptism Paul and his friends went on to preach their new religion more fervently.

As the threat of imprisonment and perhaps even execution increased in the Hakodate area, Hieromonk Nicholas sent Paul and his friends to travel else where in Japan to preach their new faith, but ultimately to gain greater safety for them. Not hearing from Paul for some months, Hieromonk Nicholas was very glad to receive news from Paul of his successes in Sendai, in northern Honshu. In time the opposition to Christianity subsided, and the now Archimandrite Nicholas began to look to expanding his missionary work to Tokyo.

It was Paul Sawabe whom Nicholas sent to Tokyo to review the situation for missionary work in the Tokyo/Yokohoma area and advise him of the potential for such work there. Paul's report was one of optimism, and Paul advised Nicholas to come to Tokyo as soon as possible. So, in late January 1871, Archimandrite Nicholas arrived in Yokohoma and proceeded to Tokyo to set up his headquarters.

Local opposition to Christianity was still present. In February 1872, Paul Sawabe and many of his co-workers in Christ were arrested by the local police in Sendai. The officials were amazed that even among the children their answers to questioning showed a deep conviction to their Christian beliefs. Even though many had not been baptized none changed their position but were strengthened in their faith.

On July 12, 1875, at the second General Council of the Japanese mission, Archimandrite Nicholas decided that there was a need for native clergy, and named Paul Sawabe to be the first priest, and that John Sakai would be a deacon. A month later Bishop Paul of East Siberia came to Hakodate for the first sacraments of the Holy Orders in Japan and ordained the new priest and deacon.

Paul Sawabe continued to service his new faith as his church grew over the following decades. He was to survive his mentor and bishop by a year, dying in 1913.

Source:

Orthodox Wiki

PDF Books & Quotes of Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994) in 13 Languages


SAINT PAISIOS


PDF Books & Quotes

of Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994)

in 13 Languages

English Books:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXeGg5OGRvU21Sbmc
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXMVVDZW9FSzhVUjA
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXQV9VWFNpUkVITE0
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXQzJqdVlzSHpqTjg

French Books:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXYml1Sy1iMk1JMm8
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https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXNXdyYlNMT1RjUkk
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXVm5iS2JMU0liZVU
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXTllPX3hOUmxFbXc
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXaTluSnNtbGprd0E
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXOEhGQkZsXzdqNTg
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXVW5tcnRtNjdtc2M
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXOVY2VGRVcE5jNlU
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXcVEyN2hQY3ZtMUE

German Books:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXbHpoTnpkTjZVeGM
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXOTZ6TjIxd215dUk
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXVzNvMVZGWDFqLVE
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXWGNZUXBETUdLaDQ
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXRlF6RWd3Y21aczA
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https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXMi01TXZCVXY3aDg
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXYW9kNmNqR01pNXM
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXSEkxcVhrZDV2UjQ
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXcE1uS2xjTF9WOEk
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXTDBvdWpZaDNsVUk
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXYV8tOU9HYzhSVkU
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXRUpRWXlRbmlIbDQ

Greek Books:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXcnRIY1U1YlIzSEE
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXakhyWXRKaWZ2UnM

Spanish Books:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXSU9tVUVMM2tTcGc
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXaUt5ZHpLY3VNVFk
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXSGJQSURsWUlKbWs

Italian Books:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXRHZyOWRLYnc4Z3c
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXVERpWkZMSl9iam8
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXb2VFNGZiQ2l0c3M
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXSXFoRnJQbDIzRkk
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXcXFjdGg2Szk1ZzA
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https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXMDlMcFh5SjNiNUE
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https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXRmhtamhOVUdia2M
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXM3R6RVpTaUVJT0U

Persian Book:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXWHctR2xPVHdvSDA

Russian Books:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXSFI5cnRDcTdXRUk
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXUnpPeEY2djVScFE
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXRS1Sb2JNYjZGQ00
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXc2hyZ0pmMFJpNzA
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXbG8zYlJuOUNmdDQ
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXMkFFcmlxNFI1REk
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXQ1VKRE5xSTF0aDQ
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXc2JMaU9tWERZSTQ
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXeUk4RFBrTDQtbGc
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXX2dkTmNndVdSSzA
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXc25hVWVYNDNRbjg

Serbian Books:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXZ1BPejkyZ0dWd1U
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXSHJFVkN3OGcyTWM
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXaVlIbzVhYzEwU2c
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXY1JzT0IxRnlleXc
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXVjVMZDVuaEVfZVE

Albanian Books:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXcnJ6RkpmSS1kbGc
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXOFg1S2Flei16UGM

Arabic Book:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXd0tRdGMzWGsxd0E

Bulgarian Books:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXeko0b1NOSFRsYzg
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXcGptdTRWZGlkdW8
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXc1k3RXEtZC1iQkk
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXaWdITVpyRDA0Nzg

Turkish Books:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXRlJIVGtJTlFuYWM
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXdVBkZVVHN3VQTG8
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXeVV4SGUzcnRwSjA
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXUjBRVW16eXctbDA
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXeTEzMVh1TjFHZzQ
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXUjV2R253c25nNjQ

Source:

http://paisiosekklisaki.blogspot.com

Monday, August 7, 2017

Into Orthodoxy: The Long Journey Home - Fr. Lawrence Farley, Canada


CANADA OF MY HEART


Into Orthodoxy: The Long Journey Home

Fr. Lawrence Farley, Canada

Source:

http://journeytoorthodoxy.com

http://journeytoorthodoxy.com/2013/04/22/into-orthodoxy-the-long-journey-home/

JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

In my journey home to Orthodoxy, I took the long way around.  I was born into suburban respectability in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and therefore attended Protestant Sunday School like all the other respectable kids my age.  Since Christian Faith in my home was more nominal than real, when Sunday School became boring (the ultimate indictment), I stopped attending and soon sunk into agnostic adolescent mediocrity.  I didn’t give ultimate questions much thought; I was more interested in girls.  (Sadly, they were little interested in me.)

But around midway through my teenage years I thought that life must consist of something more than a meaningless dance of atoms, and so I went back to my United Church looking for answers.  There I encountered a few people my age who introduced me to the Jesus Movement (it was 1970), and in the Jesus Movement I encountered the Lord Jesus.  It was a very high-voltage part of the Jesus Movement, replete with speaking in tongues, prophesying, and effervescent evangelism, characterized by a direct experience of the overwhelming love of God and the power of the Spirit.

One thing that was missing, however, from my United Church, was any historical memory.  The United Church of my upbringing was created in 1925 and my mom was created in 1921, and I intuited that one’s Church should at least be older than one’s mother.  I began looking for a sense of history in my church experience, along with beauty in worship, and an affirmation of the realities I had experienced in the Jesus Movement.  The liberal United Church could not supply these, so I started to look elsewhere.

Being a Protestant, I of course did not fish outside the Protestant pool.  I became an Anglican, and thereafter, an Anglican priest.

I had lousy timing.  The Anglican Church of Canada was then energetically engaged in throwing overboard just those things in her theology and liturgy that I joined her to experience.  For the longest time I tried to pretend that the Anglican church was not just another species of liberal Protestantism.  But reality is a relentless thing, and eventually I had to admit that the Anglican Church I joined was largely like the United Church I left.  So, where to go? Then, providentially, I discovered Orthodoxy.

I always considered the Fathers paradigmatic (which is why Roman Catholicism was never “on the table” for me).  Too bad the Orthodox didn’t speak English.  When I soon discovered that they did speak English, I was hooked.  I found in Orthodoxy the convergence of the two things I had come to value above all in the Church:  an experience of the Holy Spirit and of patristic continuity.  Conversion for me meant coming home and resolving the tensions between the charismatic and the historical.  In becoming Orthodox I was not conscious of renouncing any of the things I found precious in my past, but rather fulfilling them, and being able to enjoy them in their proper places.

I am grateful to God both for all the places I have been, and for where I now am.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

On May 17, 2017, twelve dolphins brings Icon of Holy Virgin Mary Mother of God to shore in Sochi, Russia


ANIMALS OF MY HEART


On May 17, 2017, twelve dolphins brings

Icon of Holy Virgin Mary Mother of God to shore in Sochi, Russia

In a rather unusual occurrence, a pod of dolphins “returned” an icon of the Mother of God to people on the beach in Sochi, reports The Russian People’s Line, and Orthodox England.

A colonel and his wife, relaxing and enjoying the beach atmosphere on May 17, were witnesses to the event, their attention being drawn when a group of twelve dolphins swam all the way up to the beach itself. The bewildered couple wondered what the typically smart animals were doing on the beach, when suddenly they threw something out of the water, immediately swimming off.

The object was covered in mud, and seemingly completely unimportant. Though other people were lounging on the beach as well, no one paid it much attention. Eventually the colonel’s wife asked her husband to go see what the object was, and, having cleared away the mud, the colonel was shocked to find that the dolphins had delivered an icon of the Theotokos, which they later realized was of the type “of the Sign.”
How the icon wound up on the ocean floor, and how the dolphins knew that it needed to be returned to shore, no one knows. Perhaps the dolphins recognized in the icon the grace of their Creator and of His Most Pure Mother.

The colonel then brought the icon to Moscow, with hopes of showing it to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, and telling him the miraculous story of how it was “found.”

Source:

http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/104337.htm

ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Orthodox Church Quotes: Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994)



Orthodox Church Quotes:

Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994)

July 12

Video: The Sound of Divine Steps in Ghana & Ivory Coast - From Protestantism to Orthodoxy


AFRICA OF MY HEART



The Sound of Divine Steps in Ghana & Ivory Coast - 

From Protestantism to Orthodoxy

The Virgin Mary - The Orthodox Faith


HOLY VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF GOD


The Virgin Mary - The Orthodox Faith

The Virgin Mary is the woman God chose to bear His Son in this world. The Orthodox believe in the ever-virginity of Mary. Since God chose her to manifest His presence among men, she is called, " All Holy" and the bridge between God and man. For this reason, she is highly praised and venerated in the Orthodox Church. The Orthodox always pray to the Virgin Mary, beseeching her to intercede for us to God. The Orthodox do not worship the Virgin Mary-worship is do to God alone. The Orthodox make a distinction between worship and intercessory prayer. Just as we ask other people to pray for us, we ask the Virgin Mary, for she has found favor in God's eyes and has a very unique relationship with God, to pray (intercede) for us. It should be noted that the Virgin Mary and all the saints are ceaselessly praying for all of us.

Source:

http://www.orthodoxphotos.com

http://www.orthodoxphotos.com/readings/Orthodox_Church/The_Virgin_Mary.shtml

ORTHODOX PHOTOS

Link: Saint Dunstan Orthodox Christian Church in Poole, England


http://www.saint-dunstan.org

Saint Dunstan Orthodox Christian Church in Poole, England

A Parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of the British Isles and Ireland

Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East

Saint Osmund's Road, Parkstone, Poole, BH14 9JG

Church Phone: 01202 602628

Saint Anthony-Onuphrius of Suprasl Monastery in Poland, Monk-Martyr in Thessalonica (Greece), from Lithuania (+1516)


SAINTS OF MY HEART


The Monastery of the Annunciation in Supraśl, Poland


Saint Anthony-Onuphrius of Suprasl Monastery in Poland,

Monk-Martyr in Thessalonica (Greece), from Lithuania (+1516)

February 4

Anthony of Supraśl (Polish: Antoni Supraski) was a Ruthenian monk and martyr, now venerated in the Polish Orthodox Church.
Anthony was born on the territory of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania into an Orthodox family, although his social status and lay name remain unknown. According to tradition, in his youth he was known for his angry character, having eventually killed a man in a bar brawl. Wishing to atone for sin, he entered the Supraśl Orthodox Monastery some time before 1506, where he received the name Anthony.

Considering his penance insufficient, Anthony asked the abbot for permission to go to a Muslim country, where he might receive martyrdom, which was then refused. Anthony had only received permission to go to Mount Athos, where he made his vows of Great Schema and took the name Onuphrius. He then went to Thessalonica, into the Church of the Theotokos Acheiropoietos, which had been converted into a mosque, and began to pray demonstratively. He was arrested and thrown into prison, demanded by the kadi to convert to Islam, which he consistently refused while attacking the religion. Finally, he was sentenced to be burned at the stake. Going to the place of execution, Anthony continued to denounce Islam, and even spat on the face of one of the guards. At this point, he was fatally hit by a club. His body was burned.

Source:

Wikipedia

Digital Natives Embrace Ancient Church - Twentysomethings captivated by Orthodoxy


USA OF MY HEART


Digital Natives Embrace Ancient Church

╰⊰¸¸.•¨*

Twentysomethings captivated by Orthodoxy

By

Andrea Goodell

Source:

http://journeytoorthodoxy.com

JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

Tim Flinders will graduate from Grand Valley State University next month. Raised Lutheran, he also explored fundamentalist Baptism, Roman Catholicism and even Messianic Judaism before converting to Orthodox Christianity this year.

“Orthodoxy has completely transformed me already,” he said. “I feel like the first time in my life I’m growing spiritually.”

Flinders, 22, like many other young people converting to Eastern Orthodoxy, was looking for authenticity and historical accuracy in his Christian faith.

“I had so many different questions that needed to be answered,” said Flinders, who added he wrestled with the many divisions of the Christian church over the years.

He became Eastern Orthodox Christian at St. George Orthodox Church in Grand Rapids.

Recently he attended the second annual Encountering Orthodoxy Conference at Hope College.

The Rev. Deacon Nicholas Belcher, dean of students at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Boston, gave the opening keynote address, using the themes of holy week to introduce Orthodoxy to the more than 50 who attended.

Eastern Orthodox Easter, Pascha in Greek — the language favored by Orthodox everywhere — fell on the same day as Western Easter this year.

Belcher described the nailing of Jesus to the cross as “one of the most cruel things human beings have ever thought of to do to other human beings.”

Eastern Orthodox Christians, he explained, experience the crucifixion and resurrection in the now during liturgy.

“There is no sense that we are just talking about something that happened a long time ago. It is today,” he said.

Dustin Miller, a Hope senior, attended the conference for extra credit in his history of Christianity class, but said,

“I’ve always been curious about Orthodoxy.”

He, too, said he was looking for the apostolic, historical roots of the Christian church. Miller considers himself non-denominational and said he didn’t know the Hope campus had Orthodox students.

“I’ve been trying to figure it out, trying to find what best fits me,” Miller said.

The Orthodox Christian Fellowship campus club, which sponsored this month’s conference, meets Thursday nights for Small Compline (a short Psalm and evening prayer service). Then the handful of Orthodox students, one seminary student and Fr. Steven VanBronkhorst discuss topics such as biblical foundations for Orthodox worship.

He would like to see more inquirers at the OCF meetings and more students at the second annual Encountering Orthodoxy Conference.

VanBronkhorst was a Reformed Church of America minister for almost two decades before coming to the Orthodox church 14 years ago. Still, VanBronkhorst said, he sees many more today looking for the historical church than when he was doing his own searching.

“I always felt that ideally there should be just one church,” he said. “The Orthodox church is by far the most historically faithful body. … Who is going to deny that the greater part of the evangelical world has the faith? They have faith. What they don’t have is the worship.”

Tyler Dykstra of Holland became Orthodox Christian this month.

He grew up Christian Reformed, but says he “wanted more.”

“Over time I started to realize there was so much history I had not known about even though I had gone to Christian schools all my life,” Dykstra, 24, said.