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Title: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: mike on October 22, 2013, 05:41:56 PM
This is a thread when new (and old users) can introduce themselves to the forum.

I am 23. I study Robotics. I am a Belarusian from Poland.

It can be stuck or whatever.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Cyrillic on October 22, 2013, 05:55:50 PM
I'm surprised that there wasn't a thread like this before.  Oh well.

I'm 19 years old, study Classics and I'm a Dutchman from the Netherlands.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Shiny on October 22, 2013, 06:01:45 PM
I'm Achronos (Alex), OC.net's attention whore par excellence.

I am 25.

My current job I am afforded the luxury of sitting in a cubicle all day sorting through Excel cells while risking my company thousands of dollars daily.

I just moved to Pittsburgh PA back in May, more so for spiritual reasons.

I like to think I am an artist when I want to be. My mind is always thinking creatively, I love painting, photography, graphic design, music, writing, literature, etc.

I went to school for 2 years, got seriously disillusioned with it and also was in a toxic relationship that almost ended in marriage (maybe a bullet later on).

I have on and off depression about my future, know exactly what I want to do but worried about not financially making ends meet if I was to do some art fulltime. I know I have the talents and skills to be successful and hope one day I will be recognized for them.

I post on online message boards because I can still socialize and talk with people about subjects that interest me, because it's difficult to have those random encounters with people that like the same stuff I do, so message boards are a good outlet for me to get out what's on my mind.

Everyday I want to learn something new or gain some wisdom. I never want to stop being competitive with other people, and I don't accept mediocrity of myself which is why I am a perfectionist. Anything someone can do, I will work hard to do better than them.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: mabsoota on October 25, 2013, 01:00:32 PM
nice to hear more about u all.
i am mabsoota (happy) and my hobbies are going to church and reading arabic books in public places.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Mor Ephrem on October 25, 2013, 01:07:06 PM
my hobbies are...reading arabic books in public places.

LOL. 

I can't read Arabic, but after 9-11, I got annoyed at all the strange looks I'd get just for being brown while downtown, so I'd buy an Arabic newspaper and look at it while drinking coffee at a cafe.  A lot of fun can be had for very little money if you're creative.   
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: TheTrisagion on October 25, 2013, 01:34:05 PM
I'm age 34.  I work in insurance doing litigation management and settlement negotiation of injury claims.

I am married and have two darling daughters.

Hobbies include miniature wargaming, computer games and watching (American) football.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: WPM on October 25, 2013, 01:40:28 PM
Hello, Greetings from Texas
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Alpo on October 25, 2013, 01:54:18 PM
Oh well.

I'm a Finn and twentysomething. I study comparative religion but at the moment I'm working for my civilian service in a state office. I'm hoping to get hired there also after my service is finished.

I spend too much time on internet and dream of having a dog, studying arabic and moving abroad.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Hinterlander on October 25, 2013, 02:08:19 PM
I am in my early 30s.  I teach social studies in a public high school.  I live in the broader Four Corners region of the Southwestern United States.  I am originally from the Midwest.  I was raised in a rather conservative household.  I was raised a Calvinist in the Dutch Reformed tradition.  I am a committed member of a Protestant congregation.  I study Orthodoxy in my free time.  I own the books even a pious cradle Orthodox would never read and it doesn't do me much good.  I am married with no children.

Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Nektarios_In_E.S. on October 25, 2013, 02:12:57 PM
My name's Fred.  I work in sales for a Title Insurance company.

I love and "do" art and am a huge fan of the humanities.  I'm a big jazz music fan and sports fan (baseball, football (soccer), college football, hockey and basketball). I'm also an avid reader and have a nice collection, relatively speaking.

I speak Spanish (since I'm Hispanic from Central America), some Italian, French and am learning Greek (very slowly).

I went from Roman Catholicism, to Gnosticism, to "nothingism", back to Roman Catholicism, Eastern Catholicism and finally home to the Holy Orthodox Church.  There is nothing, and I truly mean, nothing like Orthodoxy.  Having studied philosophy, Roman Catholic Theology and Gnosticism, I can safely say that there is nothing like Orthodox Christian Theology: It is THE TRUTH!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Shiny on October 25, 2013, 02:13:30 PM
My name's Fred.  I work in sales for a Title Insurance company.

I love and "do" art and am a huge fan of the humanities.  I'm a big jazz music fan and sports fan (baseball, football (soccer), college football, hockey and basketball). I'm also an avid reader and have a nice collection, relatively speaking.

I speak Spanish (since I'm Hispanic from Central America), some Italian, French and am learning Greek (very slowly).

I went from Roman Catholicism, to Gnosticism, to "nothingism", back to Roman Catholicism, Eastern Catholicism and finally home to the Holy Orthodox Church.  There is nothing, and I truly mean, nothing like Orthodoxy.  Having studied philosophy, Roman Catholic Theology and Gnosticism, I can safely say that there is nothing like Orthodox Christian Theology: It is THE TRUTH!
Do you mind if I send you a PM?
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: katherineofdixie on October 25, 2013, 02:14:45 PM
You young whippersnappers, never you mind how old I am!

I live in the South in Atlanta, GA with my husband, my mother and an Australian Shepherd who has done a great job of training all of us to give her dog snacks on demand.

I work for a church organization, writing and editing. For which I make very little money, but I like it a lot.

My husband runs a food program for the homeless, and is active in prison ministry (he makes even less than I do!)

Title: To Achronos
Post by: Nektarios_In_E.S. on October 25, 2013, 04:33:30 PM
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Do you mind if I send you a PM?

Go for it dude!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Dominika on October 27, 2013, 09:20:38 AM
my hobbies are (...) reading arabic books in public places.

That's what's supposed to be my hobby now. But even worse: I should read them aloud. Because this academic year I finally started the Arabic Studies at Warsaw University. And I have problems with some sounds and, more, with nice linking of the words, as it has to be; I don't have probelms with recognizing the letters, as I've been writting and reading (slowly, with vocalisation) Arabic for a few years.

Anyway: my name is obvious, my father is Serbian and the mother is Polish (Roman Catholic). I came back to the faith of my fathers almost 2 years ago. I'm 22 and live in Poland. Probably my writting style and appearance look serious, but I'm not such person ;)

There are many things I love (handsome men, my friends, chocolate, kebab, wine, rakija, old cartoons, dancing in a way I feel the music, byzantine and Oriental Orthodox chants, sometimes being in the centre of attention, Lost Tv series, travelling, writting, speaking and gesticulating too much, the district I live in Warsaw etc. etc.)
and few things I hate (too much shorten services and lack of their proper order - I mean the scheduling, concerts during Divine Liturgy, ignorance in regard with Orthodoxy and Christians from Arab speaking countries, sayings that Kosovo is not Serbian, parties without dancing, sermons in Russian Polish Orthodox Church - fortunately they're very rare in my parish, and such stuff).

Oh, and I'm a single. And don't want to be a nun.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Mor Ephrem on October 27, 2013, 12:22:12 PM
There are many things I love (handsome men...)

...

Oh, and I'm a single. And don't want to be a nun.

 ;)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Alpo on October 27, 2013, 12:45:48 PM
Oh, and I'm a single. And don't want to be a nun.

I'm warning you again. The march of desperate Orthodox single men is on the way.

(http://www.sundriesshack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Islamist-Riot-Muslim-Rage-Boy1.jpeg)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: biro on October 27, 2013, 12:56:21 PM
My name's Donna. I am 40 and I work in customer service. I'm originally from Queens, New York.

I like art, music and hockey.  :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: dzheremi on October 27, 2013, 02:14:04 PM
My name is Jeremy. I am significantly older than some of you and probably significantly younger than others. I am a recent convert to Orthodoxy from Roman Catholicism. I live in the desert southwest of the United States, where I work through the local university designing and grading exams for Linguistics courses that are taught there, since that's what my degree is in (Linguistics, not exam design). I don't have a fancy ethnic or national background like the rest of you, so I'm not sure what else I should write.

Oh, in addition to English, I speak Spanish more-or-less natively (since age 4 or so; my grandmother came to this country from Mexico and eventually married a white guy, so she never taught my dad or his brother, but she taught me...different attitudes for different times, I guess), as well as a little Russian (6-7 years of study in and out of classrooms; I've forgotten a lot since then, though), Arabic (1 year classroom instruction + naturalistic learning via church, though not as much as you might think since 80% of our liturgy is in English here; I can give the responses and follow along with everything, but don't ask me for anything extemporaneous!), plus bits and pieces of a few other languages I guess I can technically say I've studied for work or in the process of getting my degree (Coptic, Lithuanian, Amharic, etc).

I like pugs, sleep, and non-fasting food. :-[ Currently I have none of these things. Life can be difficult.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Alpo on October 27, 2013, 02:35:06 PM
I don't have a fancy ethnic or national background like the rest of you
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since age 4 or so; my grandmother came to this country from Mexico and eventually married a white guy


Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: dzheremi on October 27, 2013, 02:43:34 PM
That is not fancy at all. That's the majority of this city. It's not quite like being Belarusian in Poland. :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Alpo on October 27, 2013, 02:47:36 PM
That is not fancy at all. That's the majority of this city. It's not quite like being Belarusian in Poland. :)

Dude, even generic White American is an exotic ethnicity. Combining it with other ethnicities and/or culture takes it to a whole another level.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: dzheremi on October 27, 2013, 02:53:40 PM
I don't really understand what you mean, but it's a subject for another thread anyway. I only wrote that because I didn't know what else to write and somebody in this thread mentioned how they speak Spanish. There aren't very many Spanish-speaking Orthodox (though there are more than there used to be thanks to the newer churches in Mexico, Bolivia, Guatemala, etc.), so I figured I should come out and identify myself as one too. :-\
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: mabsoota on October 27, 2013, 02:56:30 PM
we think u are cool!
 :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Cyrillic on October 27, 2013, 02:57:46 PM
we think u are cool!
 :)


At least I do  :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Alpo on October 27, 2013, 03:00:55 PM
I don't really understand what you mean, but it's a subject for another thread anyway.

I'm a Finn and I live in Finland. Not much White Americans or Mexican-Americans here. Hence the exotics.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: mabsoota on October 27, 2013, 03:03:48 PM
but your country is awesomely beautiful and your language sounds like angels laughing.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Alpo on October 27, 2013, 03:08:50 PM
but your country is awesomely beautiful and your language sounds like angels laughing.

Why thank you. Have you been here? :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: mabsoota on October 27, 2013, 03:10:17 PM
no, saw lots of photos. it's on my list, but i need to go back to africa 1st
 :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: dzheremi on October 27, 2013, 03:13:16 PM
As much as I hate to disagree with Mabsoota about anything (after all, she's no doubt right about this), I cannot separate the sound of spoken Finnish from my childhood memories of my mother's Finnish best friend yelling at her children in her native language whenever they did something wrong and she wanted to scold them in front of company (us) without us knowing what she was actually saying. I understand the logic at work, but that really doesn't make it any less awkward. Finnish, the language and the tiny but fiery women who yell it, is just plain scary.

Too funny not to edit to include: Going around the nerdy/language side of the internet is the following fake IM "chat" between Finnish and other languages of Europe.

What do you mean Finnish is difficult?

    English: A dog
    Swedish: What
    English: The dog
    English: Two dogs
    Swedish:
    Swedish:
    Swedish: En hund, hunden
    Swedish: Två hundar, hundarna
    German:
    English: No, go away
    Swedish: No one invited you
    German: Der Hund
    English: I said go away
    German: Ein Hund, zwei Hunde
    Swedish: Stop it
    German: Den Hund, einen Hund, dem Hund, einem Hund, des Hundes, eines Hundes, den Hunden, der Hunden
    Finnish: Sup
    English: NO
    Swedish: NO
    German: NO
    Finnish:
    English:
    German:
    Swedish:
    Finnish: Koira, koiran, koiraa, koiran again, koirassa, koirasta, koiraan, koiralla, koiralta, koiralle, koirana, koiraksi, koiratta, koirineen, koirin
    German:
    Swedish:
    Finnish:
    English:
    Finnish: Aaaand... koirasi, koirani, koiransa, koiramme, koiranne, koiraani, koiraasi, koiraansa, koiraamme, koiraanne, koirassani, koirassasi, koirassansa, koirassamme, koirassanne, koirastani, koirastasi, koirastansa, koirastamme, koirastanne, koirallani, koirallasi, koirallansa, koirallamme, koirallanne, koiranani, koiranasi, koiranansa, koiranamme, koirananne, koirakseni, koiraksesi, koiraksensa, koiraksemme, koiraksenne, koirattani, koirattasi, koirattansa, koirattamme, koirattanne, koirineni, koirinesi, koirinensa, koirinemme, koirinenne
    English:
    Swedish:
    German:
    Finnish: Wait! then theres koirakaan, koirankaan, koiraakaan, koirassakaan, koirastakaan, koiraankaan, koirallakaan, koiraltakaan, koirallekaan, koiranakaan, koiraksikaan, koirattakaan, koirineenkaan, koirinkaan, koirako, koiranko, koiraako, koirassako, koirastako, koiraanko, koirallako, koiraltako, koiralleko, koiranako, koiraksiko, koirattako, koirineenko, koirinko, koirasikaan, koiranikaan, koiransakaan, koirammekaan, koirannekaan, koiraanikaan, koiraasikaan, koiraansakaan, koiraammekaan, koiraannekaan, koirassanikaan, koirassasikaan, koirassansakaan, koirassammekaan, koirassannekaan, koirastanikaan, koirastasikaan, koirastansakaan, koirastammekaan, koirastannekaan, koirallanikaan, koirallasikaan, koirallansakaan, koirallammekaan, koirallannekaan, koirananikaan, koiranasikaan, koiranansakaan, koiranammekaan, koiranannekaan, koiraksenikaan, koiraksesikaan, koiraksensakaan, koiraksemmekaan, koiraksennekaan, koirattanikaan, koirattasikaan, koirattansakaan, koirattammekaan, koirattannekaan, koirinenikaan, koirinesikaan, koirinensakaan, koirinemmekaan, koirinennekaan, koirasiko, koiraniko, koiransako, koirammeko, koiranneko, koiraaniko, koiraasiko, koiraansako, koiraammeko, koiraanneko, koirassaniko, koirassasiko, koirassansako, koirassammeko, koirassanneko, koirastaniko, koirastasiko, koirastansako, koirastammeko, koirastanneko, koirallaniko, koirallasiko, koirallansako, koirallammeko, koirallanneko, koirananiko, koiranasiko, koiranansako, koiranammeko, koirananneko, koirakseniko, koiraksesiko, koiraksensako, koiraksemmeko, koiraksenneko, koirattaniko, koirattasiko, koirattansako, koirattammeko, koirattanneko, koirineniko, koirinesiko, koirinensako, koirinemmeko, koirinenneko, koirasikaanko, koiranikaanko, koiransakaanko, koirammekaanko, koirannekaanko, koiraanikaanko, koiraasikaanko, koiraansakaanko, koiraammekaanko, koiraannekaanko, koirassanikaanko, koirassasikaanko, koirassansakaanko, koirassammekaanko, koirassannekaanko, koirastanikaanko, koirastasikaanko, koirastansakaanko, koirastammekaanko, koirastannekaanko, koirallanikaanko, koirallasikaanko, koirallansakaanko, koirallammekaanko, koirallannekaanko, koirananikaanko, koiranasikaanko, koiranansakaanko, koiranammekaanko, koiranannekaanko, koiraksenikaanko, koiraksesikaanko, koiraksensakaanko, koiraksemmekaanko, koiraksennekaanko, koirattanikaanko, koirattasikaanko, koirattansakaanko, koirattammekaanko, koirattannekaanko, koirinenikaanko, koirinesikaanko, koirinensakaanko, koirinemmekaanko, koirinennekaanko, koirasikokaan, koiranikokaan, koiransakokaan, koirammekokaan, koirannekokaan, koiraanikokaan, koiraasikokaan, koiraansakokaan, koiraammekokaan, koiraannekokaan, koirassanikokaan, koirassasikokaan, koirassansakokaan, koirassammekokaan, koirassannekokaan, koirastanikokaan, koirastasikokaan, koirastansakokaan, koirastammekokaan, koirastannekokaan, koirallanikokaan, koirallasikokaan, koirallansakokaan, koirallammekokaan, koirallannekokaan, koirananikokaan, koiranasikokaan, koiranansakokaan, koiranammekokaan, koiranannekokaan, koiraksenikokaan, koiraksesikokaan, koiraksensakokaan, koiraksemmekokaan, koiraksennekokaan, koirattanikokaan, koirattasikokaan, koirattansakokaan, koirattammekokaan, koirattannekokaan, koirinenikokaan, koirinesikokaan, koirinensakokaan, koirinemmekokaan, koirinennekokaan
    Swedish:
    German:
    English: Okay, now you're just making things up!
    Finnish:
    Finnish: And now the plural forms...
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Shiny on October 27, 2013, 03:18:07 PM
My name's Donna. I am 40 and I work in customer service. I'm originally from Queens, New York.

I like art, music and hockey.  :)
What kind of art?
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Alpo on October 27, 2013, 03:28:47 PM
What do you mean Finnish is difficult?

    English: A dog
    Swedish: What
    English: The dog
    English: Two dogs
    Swedish:
    Swedish:
    Swedish: En hund, hunden
    Swedish: Två hundar, hundarna
    German:
    English: No, go away
    Swedish: No one invited you
    German: Der Hund
    English: I said go away
    German: Ein Hund, zwei Hunde
    Swedish: Stop it
    German: Den Hund, einen Hund, dem Hund, einem Hund, des Hundes, eines Hundes, den Hunden, der Hunden
    Finnish: Sup
    English: NO
    Swedish: NO
    German: NO
    Finnish:
    English:
    German:
    Swedish:
    Finnish: Koira, koiran, koiraa, koiran again, koirassa, koirasta, koiraan, koiralla, koiralta, koiralle, koirana, koiraksi, koiratta, koirineen, koirin
    German:
    Swedish:
    Finnish:
    English:
    Finnish: Aaaand... koirasi, koirani, koiransa, koiramme, koiranne, koiraani, koiraasi, koiraansa, koiraamme, koiraanne, koirassani, koirassasi, koirassansa, koirassamme, koirassanne, koirastani, koirastasi, koirastansa, koirastamme, koirastanne, koirallani, koirallasi, koirallansa, koirallamme, koirallanne, koiranani, koiranasi, koiranansa, koiranamme, koirananne, koirakseni, koiraksesi, koiraksensa, koiraksemme, koiraksenne, koirattani, koirattasi, koirattansa, koirattamme, koirattanne, koirineni, koirinesi, koirinensa, koirinemme, koirinenne
    English:
    Swedish:
    German:
    Finnish: Wait! then theres koirakaan, koirankaan, koiraakaan, koirassakaan, koirastakaan, koiraankaan, koirallakaan, koiraltakaan, koirallekaan, koiranakaan, koiraksikaan, koirattakaan, koirineenkaan, koirinkaan, koirako, koiranko, koiraako, koirassako, koirastako, koiraanko, koirallako, koiraltako, koiralleko, koiranako, koiraksiko, koirattako, koirineenko, koirinko, koirasikaan, koiranikaan, koiransakaan, koirammekaan, koirannekaan, koiraanikaan, koiraasikaan, koiraansakaan, koiraammekaan, koiraannekaan, koirassanikaan, koirassasikaan, koirassansakaan, koirassammekaan, koirassannekaan, koirastanikaan, koirastasikaan, koirastansakaan, koirastammekaan, koirastannekaan, koirallanikaan, koirallasikaan, koirallansakaan, koirallammekaan, koirallannekaan, koirananikaan, koiranasikaan, koiranansakaan, koiranammekaan, koiranannekaan, koiraksenikaan, koiraksesikaan, koiraksensakaan, koiraksemmekaan, koiraksennekaan, koirattanikaan, koirattasikaan, koirattansakaan, koirattammekaan, koirattannekaan, koirinenikaan, koirinesikaan, koirinensakaan, koirinemmekaan, koirinennekaan, koirasiko, koiraniko, koiransako, koirammeko, koiranneko, koiraaniko, koiraasiko, koiraansako, koiraammeko, koiraanneko, koirassaniko, koirassasiko, koirassansako, koirassammeko, koirassanneko, koirastaniko, koirastasiko, koirastansako, koirastammeko, koirastanneko, koirallaniko, koirallasiko, koirallansako, koirallammeko, koirallanneko, koirananiko, koiranasiko, koiranansako, koiranammeko, koirananneko, koirakseniko, koiraksesiko, koiraksensako, koiraksemmeko, koiraksenneko, koirattaniko, koirattasiko, koirattansako, koirattammeko, koirattanneko, koirineniko, koirinesiko, koirinensako, koirinemmeko, koirinenneko, koirasikaanko, koiranikaanko, koiransakaanko, koirammekaanko, koirannekaanko, koiraanikaanko, koiraasikaanko, koiraansakaanko, koiraammekaanko, koiraannekaanko, koirassanikaanko, koirassasikaanko, koirassansakaanko, koirassammekaanko, koirassannekaanko, koirastanikaanko, koirastasikaanko, koirastansakaanko, koirastammekaanko, koirastannekaanko, koirallanikaanko, koirallasikaanko, koirallansakaanko, koirallammekaanko, koirallannekaanko, koirananikaanko, koiranasikaanko, koiranansakaanko, koiranammekaanko, koiranannekaanko, koiraksenikaanko, koiraksesikaanko, koiraksensakaanko, koiraksemmekaanko, koiraksennekaanko, koirattanikaanko, koirattasikaanko, koirattansakaanko, koirattammekaanko, koirattannekaanko, koirinenikaanko, koirinesikaanko, koirinensakaanko, koirinemmekaanko, koirinennekaanko, koirasikokaan, koiranikokaan, koiransakokaan, koirammekokaan, koirannekokaan, koiraanikokaan, koiraasikokaan, koiraansakokaan, koiraammekokaan, koiraannekokaan, koirassanikokaan, koirassasikokaan, koirassansakokaan, koirassammekokaan, koirassannekokaan, koirastanikokaan, koirastasikokaan, koirastansakokaan, koirastammekokaan, koirastannekokaan, koirallanikokaan, koirallasikokaan, koirallansakokaan, koirallammekokaan, koirallannekokaan, koirananikokaan, koiranasikokaan, koiranansakokaan, koiranammekokaan, koiranannekokaan, koiraksenikokaan, koiraksesikokaan, koiraksensakokaan, koiraksemmekokaan, koiraksennekokaan, koirattanikokaan, koirattasikokaan, koirattansakokaan, koirattammekokaan, koirattannekokaan, koirinenikokaan, koirinesikokaan, koirinensakokaan, koirinemmekokaan, koirinennekokaan
    Swedish:
    German:
    English: Okay, now you're just making things up!
    Finnish:
    Finnish: And now the plural forms...

Thank you. Now you understand why I'll never learn how to use articles and prepositions properly. Cases are so much easier.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: dzheremi on October 27, 2013, 03:38:32 PM
Tell that to the English-speaking student of Finnish. :P
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: biro on October 27, 2013, 03:45:10 PM
My name's Donna. I am 40 and I work in customer service. I'm originally from Queens, New York.

I like art, music and hockey.  :)
What kind of art?

Contemporary and pop art. :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Cyrillic on October 27, 2013, 03:52:59 PM
My name's Donna. I am 40 and I work in customer service. I'm originally from Queens, New York.

I like art, music and hockey.  :)
What kind of art?

Contemporary and pop art. :)

"art"

 :-\
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Alpo on October 27, 2013, 03:55:29 PM
Tell that to the English-speaking student of Finnish. :P

Well for starters nobody talks like that in the real world. That kind of lists are fairly artificially constructed. Also, people will undertand you despite possible mistakes with cases. You might get few smiles due to funny grammar but then again it's not that serious. :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: mike on October 27, 2013, 05:04:16 PM
That is not fancy at all. That's the majority of this city. It's not quite like being Belarusian in Poland. :)

My ancestors didn't move anywhere. Poland came to them.

Thank you. Now you understand why I'll never learn how to use articles and prepositions properly. Cases are so much easier.

How many have you got? 50?
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Papist on October 27, 2013, 05:28:25 PM
I'm 32 years old. I have taught in secondary schools for the past 9 years (1 year as a science teacher, and 8 as a math teacher).

I'm currently in my tenth year in education, working as a coordinator of a night school program, which includes both teaching and guidance counseling duties. This spring and summer, I will also be teaching dual credit courses: College success 101, and Logic and Reasoning (an intro philosophy course).

I am just about to finish my M.A. in Philosophy, that is, as long as my thesis is accepted in December. After that I will take Latin courses to prepare for the Latin competency exam. Additionally, I will be getting ready to take the GRE.

My long term goal is to earn a PhD in philosophy with an emphasis in the Catholic philosophical tradition, and I would eventually like to become a professor of philosophy at a Catholic university (hopefully not too pie-in-the-sky).

In the mean time, I will be applying to teach intro level philosophy courses at the local University and Community college.

Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Alpo on October 27, 2013, 05:33:41 PM
How many have you got? 50?

Had too google this but apparently we have 15. It's just that we can combine them together. For example:

pöytä - table
pöydällä - on the table
pöydällänsä - on his/her table
pöydällänsäkään - not on his/her table either

etc.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Hawkeye on October 28, 2013, 05:51:58 AM
Hello there,

I'm a 19-year-old Russian-American, born and raised in Johnson's Polar Bear Garden.

Currently, I'm unemployed, doing my college's General Education Requirements, and completely unsure of where my life is headed. If all else fails, I might just end up becoming a commercial fisherman like everyone else around me. I've already got a salmon permit headed my way and, considering that there is only ever some 700 of those particular ones floating around, they aren't exactly cheap.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: primuspilus on October 28, 2013, 07:57:04 AM
Well,
Im Henry and I'm a 34 yr old in Virginia and this is my 2nd year as a teacher. I teach Information Systems at my old high school. I was a network engineer who left the industry briefly and tried my hand at insurance. I ditched insurance after I realized it sucked.

I have quite a few hobbies. Cooking, fishing, reading, ancient history, I love cleaning, dating, and collecting ancient coins, Im a musician (jazz and blues bass mostly, but getting into ancient music), martial arts, wrestling (the real kind), soccer, paper and dice role playing games, and Im a huge video gamer.

PP
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Shiny on October 28, 2013, 08:10:17 AM
PP, yeah being a network engineer in the IT world is a nightmare. Its the fastest way to become an alcoholic.

Lol@insurance, what kind? Got a buddy who thinks its the gateway to the riches. I think he is with Farmers? Had to take a test, supposedly it was difficult.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: primuspilus on October 28, 2013, 08:13:10 AM
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PP, yeah being a network engineer in the IT world is a nightmare. Its the fastest way to become an alcoholic
My unofficial hobby......I really like the sauce :)

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Lol@insurance, what kind?
Life insurance & Annuities through Genworth (spits on ground).

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Got a buddy who thinks its the gateway to the riches.
It is, for the slave masters  :laugh:

PP
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Shiny on October 28, 2013, 08:37:51 AM
LOL what a coincidence, my company posted on their website this morning for Oct Job of Month is a Network Engineer.
Title: Dominika
Post by: Nektarios_In_E.S. on October 28, 2013, 10:33:14 AM
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That's what's supposed to be my hobby now. But even worse: I should read them aloud. Because this academic year I finally started the Arabic Studies at Warsaw University. And I have problems with some sounds and, more, with nice linking of the words, as it has to be; I don't have problems with recognizing the letters, as I've been writing and reading (slowly, with vocalization) Arabic for a few years.

Anyway: my name is obvious, my father is Serbian and the mother is Polish (Roman Catholic). I came back to the faith of my fathers almost 2 years ago. I'm 22 and live in Poland. Probably my writing style and appearance look serious, but I'm not such person Wink

and few things I hate (too much shorten services and lack of their proper order - I mean the scheduling, concerts during Divine Liturgy, ignorance in regard with Orthodoxy and Christians from Arab speaking countries, sayings that Kosovo is not Serbian

Why study arabic? Do you plan on visiting an arabic-speaking country in the future?

Serbian people are really cool! I'm actually very close to a Serbian family as great friends of mine.  They bring me cool things whenever they go back to Serbia like hats and t-shirts.  ;D

I also believe Kosovo is Serbian -no doubt!  This is something I studied about years ago as I am a big fan of history -in particular, ancient history.  Plus, it was one of my majors when I was in college.

Do arabic-speaking people tell you that Kosovo is not Serbian? You confused me when you wrote: "
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and Christians from Arab speaking countries, sayings that Kosovo is not Serbian

I love your avatar as I adore the Byzantine two-headed eagle symbol. Since I also love drawing and painting, I drew that shield with pen but with a little variation of adding a sword by the cross and I put it up at my work.  I also wrote on it: "Само слога Србина спасава" -over the shield ;)
Title: Re: Dominika
Post by: Dominika on October 28, 2013, 05:02:11 PM
Why study arabic? Do you plan on visiting an arabic-speaking country in the future?

I’ve been once in Egypt and once in Tunisia a few years ago (before these revolutions). Arabic and the culture, music and so on of Arabic-speaking areas have been my passion (hobby?) since the childhood. And after a few years of trying to get into these studies (it’s really difficult as there are only 15 places and I had problems with achieving a good result from one exam and that was not mine fault but it’s a long story) finally I managed to do it this summer :)


Serbian people are really cool! I'm actually very close to a Serbian family as great friends of mine.  They bring me cool things whenever they go back to Serbia like hats and t-shirts.  ;D

I also believe Kosovo is Serbian -no doubt!  This is something I studied about years ago as I am a big fan of history -in particular, ancient history.  Plus, it was one of my majors when I was in college.

Do arabic-speaking people tell you that Kosovo is not Serbian?

It’s great to hear that! :D And yeah, we have some cool t-shirts with special slogans ;) And it’s cool you know some facts, even from college ;)

It was just an accidental order, some Poles (but not only) say such things.


I love your avatar as I adore the Byzantine two-headed eagle symbol. Since I also love drawing and painting, I drew that shield with pen but with a little variation of adding a sword by the cross and I put it up at my work.  I also wrote on it: "Само слога Србина спасава" -over the shield ;)

You know, some of the users can call you too much hyperdox or something like that ;) But I appreciate such works ;) I have similar saying, but rewritten by st. Nicholas Velimirovic, put one the doors to my room ;) (I don’t consider myself as a Serbian nationalist, really ;))
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: mabsoota on October 28, 2013, 05:36:33 PM
200 million people speak arabic.
it's a useful language.
 :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Cyrillic on October 28, 2013, 05:38:36 PM
200 million people speak arabic.
it's a useful language.
 :)

Nobody speaks Fusha natively and the dialects aren't mutually intelligible.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Alpo on October 28, 2013, 05:45:00 PM
200 million people speak arabic.
it's a useful language.
 :)

Nobody speaks Fusha natively and the dialects aren't mutually intelligable.

Is that a single language anymore in any meaningful sense?
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Punch on October 28, 2013, 06:06:00 PM
52 years old
I have a wife and three children (male)
Born in Germany
Raised Lutheran (LCMS and WELS)
Converted to Orthodoxy.
Reader in the Serbian Orthodox Church
Trained to work on aircraft (FAA A&P License)
Worked most of my life in nuclear power plants
Currently re-assigned to Reliability Engineering after a 10 year vacation as a Nuclear Planner
Main hobby is playing World of Tanks
Secondary hobby is my recent building of a Walther P38 pistol out of both WWII and post war spare parts
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Rufus on October 28, 2013, 08:08:43 PM
52 years old
I have a wife and three children (male)
Born in Germany
Raised Lutheran (LCMS and WELS)
Converted to Orthodoxy.
Reader in the Serbian Orthodox Church
Trained to work on aircraft (FAA A&P License)
Worked most of my life in nuclear power plants
Currently re-assigned to Reliability Engineering after a 10 year vacation as a Nuclear Planner
Main hobby is playing World of Tanks
Secondary hobby is my recent building of a Walther P38 pistol out of both WWII and post war spare parts

The only post I read in this whole thread. People, learn the importance of formatting!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Shiny on October 28, 2013, 08:15:00 PM
Or that reading Punch's posts never get old. I still love his detailed story(ies) in the nuclear plant. I never can look at nuclear energy the same way again.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: ByzantineReformed on November 24, 2013, 03:56:36 PM
Hi all,

I'm a Reformed Christian of Greek ancestry, 34 yrs old, father of four and a fifth on the way.

Not trying to convert anyone or be converted.  I have a great respect for Eastern Christianity and LOVE the liturgy and architecture.

I'm continuing to pray for the unity of the Orthodox churches in America and as an amateur church historian I hope to see it - and the Great and Holy Council - in my lifetime.  (Heck, conservative Calvinists need to work on our own unity too...)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Asteriktos on November 24, 2013, 04:30:01 PM
Didn't see this thread earlier.

Justin. 34. Citizen of PA. I enjoy laughing at dumb jokes, repeatedly cycling through interests/hobbies, and being scatterbrained.

I became Orthodox in 2001. At the moment I am in skeptics anonymous and working on step 8 (go to church!).

As for my posting here: I do too much of it, I give out too much personal information, and many would argue that I am too jokey (actually I think I'm one of the most serious people here, but that's another thread)

Let's see... what else. Oh, the dating thread. 90% of what I write in there is fiction. However, every once in a while a post is completely accurate and real-to-life, and even in the fictional posts I often use my real life experiences or desires as a starting point.

I hold grudges. I pretend like I don't, and sometimes I don't, but then I get in a bad mood and remember that mean thing you said 8 years ago (or whatever).

This is getting long.

Why am I writing like this?

Maybe because people like lists much more than a single block/paragraph of information?

I don't know.

Well anyway...
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Asteriktos on November 24, 2013, 04:30:59 PM
I'm a Reformed Christian of Greek ancestry, 34 yrs old, father of four and a fifth on the way.

Welcome :)

I would say congratulations on the upcoming birth... but I think with that many you probably need prayers more than congrats  ;D
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: username! on November 24, 2013, 04:51:48 PM
I'm from the north east
I am the Orthodox-Catholic moderator
I joined the Orthodox church from the Greek Catholic Church quite some time ago
I like the colour blue
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Arachne on November 24, 2013, 04:57:26 PM
Okay, I'll bite.

I'm 41. I was born in Greece, raised Orthodox, spent several years teaching languages and several more doing CS for a major branch of public transport, then moved to the UK and proceeded to marry and have a son.

I'm not gainfully employed currently, but keeping house and acting as PA to my son are busy business... and that's without even factoring in my numerous writing projects. I'm training on-and-off to be a proofreader and copyeditor.

I enjoy literature in all its forms, movies, music (both quite eclectically), cats, yoga, several dance disciplines, pen-and-paper RPGs, and learning foreign languages. Not necessarily in that order.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Laird on November 24, 2013, 10:38:37 PM
My name is Laird. 18. I am a Canadian/Bermudian from Bermuda.

I am in college studying business/insurance.

I like playing squash and frisbee, reading, and foreign languages.

I am Baptist.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Mor Ephrem on November 24, 2013, 10:45:57 PM
Canadian/Bermudian...there's a combination you don't see every day.  :) 
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: smokeala on November 24, 2013, 11:06:41 PM
There is no need for introductions. I am only ether evaporating into smoke.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Laird on November 25, 2013, 12:16:13 AM
Canadian/Bermudian...there's a combination you don't see every day.  :) 

especially when you don't know what the heck is Bermudian or Bermuda  :D  ... im assuming
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: lovesupreme on November 25, 2013, 12:18:04 AM
Canadian/Bermudian...there's a combination you don't see every day.  :) 

especially when you don't know what the heck is Bermudian or Bermuda  :D  ... im assuming

We know about the Triangle. Did you materialized from there?
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Laird on November 25, 2013, 01:43:39 AM
Canadian/Bermudian...there's a combination you don't see every day.  :) 

especially when you don't know what the heck is Bermudian or Bermuda  :D  ... im assuming

We know about the Triangle. Did you materialized from there?

Yep

Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Altar Server on November 25, 2013, 12:23:51 PM
Oh heck why not!  :P

I'm David, I'm 19 and I'm from Kansas I'm a Psychology/social work student and also a cashier at a local grocery store. I converted to Orthodoxy from Roman Catholicism in 2010. I eventually plan(God willing!) on attending seminary. My hobbies include reading, writing, baking, camping and theater as well as being a compete and utter duffus at times  ;D
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: crazyms on December 16, 2013, 07:44:02 PM
Hi! I'm new here and to Orthodoxy in general. I'm a southern married 27 year old mother of 3. I started looking into Christianity again to hopefully find a denomination I could deal with at the request of my 6 year old son wanting to go to church. I found Orthodoxy and finally found it. I am excited to find a local church to get involved with soon. I spend my time crafting, cooking, shooting, and a number of other things but mostly chasing after kids. I'm glad to have found this forum as I learn more and transition my family into our new religion.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Hawkeye on December 16, 2013, 07:49:35 PM
Hi! I'm new here and to Orthodoxy in general. I'm a southern married 27 year old mother of 3. I started looking into Christianity again to hopefully find a denomination I could deal with at the request of my 6 year old son wanting to go to church. I found Orthodoxy and finally found it. I am excited to find a local church to get involved with soon. I spend my time crafting, cooking, shooting, and a number of other things but mostly chasing after kids. I'm glad to have found this forum as I learn more and transition my family into our new religion.

That's an interesting way of getting here.

It's a nice change of pace.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Asteriktos on December 16, 2013, 09:27:01 PM
Welcome to the forum, crazyms :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Altar Server on December 16, 2013, 10:51:16 PM
Hi! I'm new here and to Orthodoxy in general. I'm a southern married 27 year old mother of 3. I started looking into Christianity again to hopefully find a denomination I could deal with at the request of my 6 year old son wanting to go to church. I found Orthodoxy and finally found it. I am excited to find a local church to get involved with soon. I spend my time crafting, cooking, shooting, and a number of other things but mostly chasing after kids. I'm glad to have found this forum as I learn more and transition my family into our new religion.

Welcome to the forum! :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Irish Melkite on December 17, 2013, 06:18:47 AM
I hadn't noticed this thread previously and I'm glad Michal initiated it.

My name is Neil - no surprise to anyone who's ever read my posts, which I almost always sign.

I live in Massachusetts, am older than I care to remember, divorced, proud dad to 5 biological and 2 stepchildren - 4 girls/3 boys, aged 37 to 10 (yeah, really  ::)  ), and grandpa to a little guy who's 9 months old. I've been Melkite for 4 decades and sometimes accused of being too accepting of the differences between/among our Churches, but I'm passionate in believing God's will is that they unite, though it won't happen in my lifetime.  

Most of my on-line time is in the wee hours, after coming home from work at a federal agency (that shall go unnamed, so as to reduce the brickbats thrown at me).  I post heavily at ByzCath, where I'm a long-time member and Global Mod; I've been a member here for many years also, though I post less frequently. Virtual though they are, I treasure many o/l friendships that I've forged at the 2 sites.

"Iinformation-mongeror' well describes my preferred o/l role. Few threads are as attractive to me as one that delves into arcane minutiae about Churches and denominations - mainstream EO/EC/OO/OC obviously, but also the more esoteric bodies such as Old Ritualists, Anabaptist and Utopian sects, and vagante (a particular interest, on which I can wax eloquent to the point of being soporific).

I'm a bibliophile with interests focused on history, biography, classical lit (broadly defined), folklore/fantasy, children's lit, and the literature of oppression. A snob when it comes to proper use of language, style manuals hold places of honor on my shelves. Folk music, genealogy, liqueur, photography, philately, depression glass, and model trains round out my interests - a list that, looking at it, is probably telling as to my age.

Many years,

Neil
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: ialmisry on December 19, 2013, 05:11:57 PM
200 million people speak arabic.
it's a useful language.
 :)

Nobody speaks Fusha natively and the dialects aren't mutually intelligable.

Is that a single language anymore in any meaningful sense?
Yes.

btw, my sons learned to speak fuSHa natively.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: mabsoota on December 19, 2013, 05:15:19 PM
well done!
 :)

is there an orthodox approved version of the Bible in arabic available yet?
i want to combine my hobbies by reading the Bible in arabic in public places...
 ;)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Alpo on December 19, 2013, 06:36:23 PM
i want to combine my hobbies by reading the Bible in arabic in public places...
 ;)

That reminds me of how I've had some random Arabic Orthodox chant as my ringtone. Maybe I should do it again. I'd love to see face of some immigrants when they realize that a) a non-Muslim Finn has Arabic chant as ringtone b) a non-Muslim Finn has Christian Arabic chant as ringtone.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: mabsoota on December 20, 2013, 07:22:18 AM
please do, then we can change the world together!
 ;)
i have this as my ring tone:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHJRpdElV8U
('you are the Lord of assistance')

for my work phone i have gone more inclusive and have a popular bollywood song (don't know what it is called, got it from a friend with the arabic name 'guitar'!)
bollywood is almost mainstream in uk!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Jude1:3 on January 27, 2014, 09:12:57 PM
 Hi Friends,
 
     I'm new to the board. I came across this forum after looking into Orthodoxy. I want to give you a little background on my journey so far:

    I was raised in a small town Baptist Church. I had never even heard of Orthodoxy until about 3-4 years ago when I started researching Church History and Apologetics. All we had in my small town was Catholic, Mormon, First Baptist, Southern Baptist, Methodist and a very very small percentage of Charismatic home type of Churches.

  After high school I began checking out different Churches. I attended an Assemblies of God Church for almost 2 years. It was polar opposite of the Baptist Church I grew up in, but the members of the Assemblies of God Church seemed to have more zealousness then most of the people I attended church with at the Baptist Church. The negative side to the Assemblies of God Church was that it just seemed Chaotic and strange sometimes. Lots of Emotion just for the sake of emotion. Almost as if they had to conjure up the moving of The Holy Ghost . It's kind of hard to explain. Everyone would pray in Tongues all at the same time.
 
  Another negative aspect was that they would always make you doubt your salvation and have an alter call like every Sunday. I found out later that the Arminian, Wesleyan theology, had a lot to do with that. I just knew there was just something not right about the Church but I couldn't really explain it.

   I've attended Calvary Chapels now for a couple of years now off and on. It's hard to explain but I just know something is not right. Now, I know that there are many people Who truly Love The Lord Jesus Christ in Calvary Chapels, but I honestly think there are some wolves hanging out in that Church.
   

   I started trying to study Apologetics, because I wanted to know what and why I believe what I do. I also started studying Church History. That is what lead me to research Orthodoxy. I work with some Coptic Orthodox from Egypt also and they are great people. I have a Kinship with them and I honestly believe it's because of The Holy Spirit of God.

  From what I've learned about Orthodoxy it has given me a great respect for you guys. My main desire is to return to the most ancient form of Christianity 100%. I am SOOO Disgusted with modern Christianity where you walk in to a mega church and they have a Starbucks/Gift Shop ready for your cash. Maybe The Lord is calling me out of Protestantism and into Orthodoxy.

  I wanted to join this board so I could learn more and ask questions I have been wrestling with lately. I'm a member of Carm Forums and I've posted a few times in the Orthodox section.   

     P.S. My AV Picture is of Fedor Emelianenko . He is an MMA fighter and Russian Orthodox.

 Thank You Very Much and I look forward to discussion.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Papist on January 27, 2014, 09:24:53 PM
Cool, a thread where we get to talk about ourselves!!!  :laugh:

My name is Chris and I am a 32 year-old high school administrator. I majored in math for my undergraduate degree, and started teaching soon after graduation. I have been in education ever since.

I recently completed my M.A. in philosophy at a Catholic liberal arts college, and I soon plan to apply to a doctoral program. When I grow up I want to be a philosophy professor.  :)

I am the oldest of six siblings, and I come a very interesting Catholic family. We are very proud of our Hispanic heritage and we love Red Chile (not chili) poured all over our food.

I'm in love with all things Byzantine, and I am currently in the process of transitions from the Latin Church to the Ruthenian (Byzantine) Catholic Church.

Personality? Silly, off-beat, nerdy, out-going (in most situations), love to be around friends and family, but paradoxically, truly an introvert underneath it all.



Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Syriac.Aramaic on March 09, 2014, 12:54:36 PM
Didn't see this thread earlier, and because i love this forum and i will probably spend more time here, i take the chance to introduce me self.

Im at the age of 17.
Studying jurisprudence.
Born in Sweden, but i'm not swede, my parents are from the Christian parts of turkey, and they immigrated to sweden because of harassment by the muslims in Turkey.

Born and raise in strict syriac orthodox manners, and are growing religious every day that pass by.

My dream is to be a monk.

PS, Notice that i'm probably the youngest on this forum hehe.

Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: mabsoota on March 09, 2014, 05:18:01 PM
schlomo!
welcome  :)
our churches are good friends. your church gave us loads of things like patriarchs, monks, ninevah's fast etc.
we even have a monastery in egypt called the syrian monastery! (deir al suriani)
may God bless and protect your patriarch, bishops (especially those who suffer captivity, the antiochian one and the syriac one), other clergy, laity and you!

may God guide u in your life and give you lots of patience as you dream about the future.
 :)
(mabsoota is the female version of the word 'happy' in egyptian arabic)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Syriac.Aramaic on March 09, 2014, 05:30:12 PM
schlomo!
welcome  :)
our churches are good friends. your church gave us loads of things like patriarchs, monks, ninevah's fast etc.
we even have a monastery in egypt called the syrian monastery! (deir al suriani)
may God bless and protect your patriarch, bishops (especially those who suffer captivity, the antiochian one and the syriac one), other clergy, laity and you!

may God guide u in your life and give you lots of patience as you dream about the future.
 :)
(mabsoota is the female version of the word 'happy' in egyptian arabic)
Besheino!
Thanks for the welcoming, and of course our churches is very good friends, as so with the people of the coptic church.
And yes our church has a great history and has contributed many things to Christianity. Also the Syriac/Aramaic language that was spoken by Jesus Christ him self.
The monastery is well aware, also the situation for the Christians in Egypt. We have u always in our prayers together with our brothers and sister in Syria.
Thanks for your kind words my loved friend, and may god protect the Christan's of Egypt. I heard that any activity of the Muslim brotherhood is no longer allowed which is great.

God bless you.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Alpo on March 09, 2014, 05:55:58 PM
Välkommen, Syriac.Aramaic! Glad to see more people living in Scandinavia here. I'm a Finnish Orthodox Christian. I'd love to  visit a Syriac church at some point. There aren't in here as Finland has much fewer OO immigrants than Sweden has.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: stavros_388 on March 09, 2014, 06:48:12 PM
Real name: Steve.
Age: 41.
Current occupations: Ski and snowboard technician, junior and intermediate art teacher (subbing right now), musician, song-writer.
Sports: Habs/Chargers/Clippers/Roughriders fan.
Nationality: Canadian.
Heritage: Mostly German, and a bit of Irish/Scottish/English, Dutch, and Romanian.
Bad habits: Thinking and drinking too much.
Family: Husband to a beautiful wife and father to a rowdy and athletic three-year-old son.
Meyers-Briggs: INFP
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Syriac.Aramaic on March 10, 2014, 09:00:44 AM
Välkommen, Syriac.Aramaic! Glad to see more people living in Scandinavia here. I'm a Finnish Orthodox Christian. I'd love to  visit a Syriac church at some point. There aren't in here as Finland has much fewer OO immigrants than Sweden has.
Tack!
Ur always welcomed in our church, when you visit sweden, then u surly need to visit one of our churches. We have many here around the country.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Jakub on March 10, 2014, 10:49:04 AM
Just a old guy who forgot his password, not much posting just alot of thinking and observing the younger folk...
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Αριστοκλής on March 10, 2014, 02:57:52 PM
Just a old guy who forgot his password, not much posting just alot of thinking and observing the younger folk...

Good to see you again, old buddy. Glad you found your password.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Patapouf on March 19, 2014, 05:05:30 PM

Hello my name is John I'm 50 years old and I'm from Portugal. 'm Orthodox but not belong to any jurisdiction. I often joke that I'm an Orthodox vacant. Glad to see that increasingly the Orthodox faith will be spreading throughout the world and increasingly, young people are interested in matters of faith.
My compliments to all and God bless us.
Ps: I read and speak English but writing is more difficult, so excuse the Google translator.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Fabio Leite on March 19, 2014, 05:18:25 PM

Hello my name is John I'm 50 years old and I'm from Portugal. 'm Orthodox but not belong to any jurisdiction. I often joke that I'm an Orthodox vacant. Glad to see that increasingly the Orthodox faith will be spreading throughout the world and increasingly, young people are interested in matters of faith.
My compliments to all and God bless us.
Ps: I read and speak English but writing is more difficult, so excuse the Google translator.

Welcome Patapouf! We have a Portuguese Language sub-forum as well!

Bem-vindo Patapouf! Também temos um sub-fórum de língua portuguesa!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Ferd Berfel on March 20, 2014, 02:05:17 AM
Hello. I've posted a couple of times, but I missed this thread until now. My name is John.

I'm a recent convert to Orthodoxy; previously, I worked in a protestant church as an associate pastor. My journey from there to here is a rather long story, but what's important is that I'm home.

I'm a twisty puzzle collector; in my avatar is a picture of me with my 11x11x11 Rubik's cube.

I work in a substance abuse detox facility, primarily with alcoholics, but I've also dealt with hard drugs like meth and heroin.

I enjoy heavy metal music; I write and record my own music and always enjoy finding new bands to listen to.

I'm also an avid chilihead; hot sauces and hot peppers are an absolute necessity for my diet.

So there you have it. Nice to meet you all. :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Mor Ephrem on March 20, 2014, 09:56:09 AM
I'm also an avid chilihead; hot sauces and hot peppers are an absolute necessity for my diet.

Oh blessed of the Father, enter into the joy of your Lord even before you enter into the joy of your Lord.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Ferd Berfel on March 20, 2014, 08:23:35 PM
I'm also an avid chilihead; hot sauces and hot peppers are an absolute necessity for my diet.

Oh blessed of the Father, enter into the joy of your Lord even before you enter into the joy of your Lord.

I don't even know what you mean by this, but it made me laugh  :laugh:
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Syriac.Aramaic on March 21, 2014, 04:01:02 PM
Hello. I've posted a couple of times, but I missed this thread until now. My name is John.

I'm a recent convert to Orthodoxy; previously, I worked in a protestant church as an associate pastor. My journey from there to here is a rather long story, but what's important is that I'm home.

I'm a twisty puzzle collector; in my avatar is a picture of me with my 11x11x11 Rubik's cube.

I work in a substance abuse detox facility, primarily with alcoholics, but I've also dealt with hard drugs like meth and heroin.

I enjoy heavy metal music; I write and record my own music and always enjoy finding new bands to listen to.

I'm also an avid chilihead; hot sauces and hot peppers are an absolute necessity for my diet.

So there you have it. Nice to meet you all. :)

Welcome ! God bless, love to read that you have find your settlement in orthodoxy.
Could you in any way post your convert story?
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Mor Ephrem on March 21, 2014, 04:27:21 PM
I'm also an avid chilihead; hot sauces and hot peppers are an absolute necessity for my diet.

Oh blessed of the Father, enter into the joy of your Lord even before you enter into the joy of your Lord.

I don't even know what you mean by this, but it made me laugh  :laugh:

I like you, that's all.  It's a good thing.  Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. 
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Ferd Berfel on March 22, 2014, 02:13:16 AM
I don't even know what you mean by this, but it made me laugh  :laugh:

I like you, that's all.  It's a good thing.  Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. 

Alrighty then, I like you too. :)

Quote
Welcome ! God bless, love to read that you have find your settlement in orthodoxy.
Could you in any way post your convert story?

I'd be happy to, but I fear that it's really not all that exciting. It has a lot more to do with my Protestant background as a minister, and I feel that I'm rather new to Orthodoxy to be seriously testimonializing yet. Still, if there's some curiosity, I'd be happy to share.








Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: mabsoota on March 22, 2014, 11:11:05 AM
we are all very curious!
 :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Eruvande on April 23, 2014, 04:20:51 AM
Greetings!
I've lurked for a while but thought I'd pop in and finally say hello.
I'm from the UK, used to be reformed baptist. I discovered Orthodoxy in a Christian Chatroom while I was busy trying to convince everyone that Calvinism was the truth.
I’m a married mother of four and very lax member of the British Orthodox Fellowship.
I’m currently trying to work out where God wants me!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Ferd Berfel on April 23, 2014, 07:23:19 AM
Greetings!
I've lurked for a while but thought I'd pop in and finally say hello.
I'm from the UK, used to be reformed baptist. I discovered Orthodoxy in a Christian Chatroom while I was busy trying to convince everyone that Calvinism was the truth.
I’m a married mother of four and very lax member of the British Orthodox Fellowship.
I’m currently trying to work out where God wants me!


Welcome!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Asteriktos on April 23, 2014, 10:39:57 AM
Hullo!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Mor Ephrem on April 23, 2014, 12:26:45 PM
I’m a married mother of four and very lax member of the British Orthodox Fellowship.
I’m currently trying to work out where God wants me!

"Very lax member" is still better than "not a member".  ;) 

Welcome!   Christ is risen!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: SolEX01 on April 23, 2014, 01:52:54 PM
Christ is Risen!

Welcome to the forum, Eruvande.   :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Beggar at the Cross on April 23, 2014, 09:37:55 PM
Hi Everyone!  Christ is risen!

I'm a convert to the Catholic Church from Protestantism.  Before becoming Catholic, I looked into Eastern Orthodoxy and attended an OCA parish for 6 months or so.  My interest in Orthodoxy has recently been rekindled, though, so I'm here hoping to learn and interact with Orthodox folks for some mutual edification.  God Bless you all!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Asteriktos on April 23, 2014, 09:52:36 PM
Welcome (officially unofficially)  :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: methodius on April 28, 2014, 01:58:29 AM
HI !
Christ is risen!

This is a good place, fun, informative, and sometimes a pain because it makes you (shudder) think.

Look forward to seeing a lot of you  :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Porter ODoran on May 08, 2014, 09:42:25 PM
My name's Porter, I'm forty-one, live in Oregon, don't presently have an occupation -- and the ladies to whom I'm devoted are Bonnie (spouse), Aftasie (three-year-old), and Omilie (six-month-old) (the children are pictured below).

My background is Amish-Mennonite, and the community in which I grew up was a forty-minute drive from groceries or gas, way out in the Appalachian foothills. Theology is something I've wrestled with all my life, usually with enjoyment, sometimes with a little madness -- but pious culture is what I really miss. My wife and I have requested to become catechumens at a church in West Portland; it's mostly converts but they do have one Greek priest.

It's good to meet you all! and these forums are invaluable.

Khristòs anèsti!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Mor Ephrem on May 08, 2014, 09:51:59 PM
Theology is something I've wrestled with all my life, usually with enjoyment, sometimes with a little madness -- but pious culture is what I really miss.

:)

Truly he is risen!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: SolEX01 on May 08, 2014, 09:56:44 PM
Christ is Risen!

Welcome to the forum, Porter.   :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: methodius on May 09, 2014, 12:59:10 AM
Truly He is Risen!
and welcome to our group
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Asteriktos on May 09, 2014, 01:00:25 AM
Welcome Porter :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Mystes on June 11, 2014, 02:46:48 PM
Hello everyone,

I'm very happy to have arrived at this forum, being able now to share within a worldwide community :) I come from Lithuania, an eparchy of the Russian Orthodox Church. I'm currently undergoing an official catechetical course in Orthodoxy in preparation for Chrismation, although I had my first encounter with Orthodoxy in 2011, when I took a course in History of Christianity (I'm an undergraduate student of Philosophy). At that time I even found a local parish where Divine Liturgy was celebrated in my vernacular (which is somewhat of a miracle in a country predominated by Russian-speaking Orthodox believers and Slavonic customs). However, I got distracted again until recently, when I met a Catholic priest in October 2013. It should be taken into account that I was a rather sinful soul, for many years, since my early teens, I was fascinated by occult thought and even dabbled in it, dealing with Tarot quite deeply. There were many moments when I considered converting and confessing my sins but I just couldn't make it. Nevertheless, that October I found the strength to make a full confession of one's life and also received the sacrament of Holy Unction. Since then I started recovering all my previous experiences with Orthodoxy and comparing it with Catholicism. Eventually, all of this lead to an ever increasing conviction and awareness that Orthodoxy is my true calling. So here I am.  :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Mor Ephrem on June 11, 2014, 02:50:57 PM
Welcome!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: mabsoota on June 11, 2014, 03:31:56 PM
welcome! your story is very similar to a friend of mine.
is occult religion popular in your part of the world?

may God guide you and protect you.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Mystes on June 11, 2014, 03:42:08 PM
Well, I'll definitely say this - it's filled with New Age babble, although my country is regarded, in a way similar to Poland, as a highly conservative Catholic country (people like to mock and say 'The Land of Mary on Earth'). During the Soviet era, most of the Russian population was cutt-off from their religious roots, occult practices of various sorts are deeply grounded in Russia, Lithuania isn't an exception. There has also been a revival of exorcist practice and pastoration in recent years, the media would often quote how people are queuing up just to see or speak to an exorcist (there are only 5 of them in the entire country, 1 per diocese, so you can imagine the demand).
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: mabsoota on June 11, 2014, 03:57:33 PM
do you mean the russians were cut off from the church so they turned to the occult?
and now they are getting exorcism and so will come back to the church?

i have another friend from a country near yours and she says many people are far from the church. also the churches were not always welcoming.
once, when she was catholic, she visited a russian orthodox church with some friends and the priest hit her because she was catholic and not orthodox!

she is now orthodox, despite that...
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Mystes on June 11, 2014, 04:14:40 PM
No, I didn't mean that Russians went into occultism because of losing their religious origins - that would be an oversimplification. It's just that the great 'silver age' of Russian culture never had the opportunity to reach its full maturity, a sort of 'golden age' which was evidently caused by the Bolshevik revolution of 1917. From then onwards, generations of Russians were cut-off from religious upbringing despite the fact that the Church was still active in many ways (secret celebration of liturgy etc.). Although there were allowances for religious worship per se, the Church was forbidden to preach its faith in the open without being subject to ideological distortion, religious education could no longer take place at schools, religious teacing materials could not be published, thus Orthodoxy lost its implicit characteristics, those of defining the culture people were living in. All of this provided a breeding ground for New Age culture. Lithuania was part of the USSR not so long ago (this year was the 24th anniversay of reestablishing Lithuanian independence), so naturally it was affected by the cultural processes prevailing there. As for exorcisms, I meant to say that exorcist practice has become an increasing interest in Lithuania which could be attested to a genuine pursuit of faith, a symptom of spiritual battle and condition, however, not a way of 'returning to the Church' (unless in a strictly formal sense).
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: mabsoota on June 11, 2014, 04:37:28 PM
thanks for explaining.
i have relatives in romania and so i was wondering if you were referring to persecution.
may God bless all those who are searching spiritually in lithuania and all the places affected by communism in the past or currently.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Sam G on June 11, 2014, 04:43:08 PM
Hello everyone,

My name is Sam, and I've been on this forum long enough to appreciate some of the unique personalities you find on here.  ;)

This forum really helped me when I was investigating Orthodoxy, and since I have been received into the Church I've been trying to do my best to help other inquirers figure things out.  My own personal journey has taken me from Catholicism, to atheism, to deism, to theism, to Catholicism, to Eastern Catholicism, to Orthodoxy.  Besides religion, my other hobbies include playing the guitar and watching hockey.  I also attend college, but that's usually the last thing on my mind.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: littlepilgrim64 on June 12, 2014, 08:56:25 PM
Hello all!  

A bit about myself:
 
SPIRITUAL JOURNEY: Raised Roman Catholic.  In my early 20's was involved in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal for a year or two, then left Catholicism entirely and began attending an Assembly of God church for about a year.  Ended up meeting a guy (my former husband) and began dating him; he was Reformed/Presbyterian and that is how I was introduced to Reformed theology (Calvinism) initially. I have remained in these circles for about 25 years or so. (Now . . . don’t be trying to calculate this girl’s age . . LOL.)  

Currently I'm alternating between attending services at a Presbyterian church and attending liturgy at my local Greek Orthodox Church.  Over the course of the last number of years I would look into Orthodoxy, attend a few Divine Liturgies, do some reading and listen to podcasts on Ancient Faith Radio and then put it on the back burner. A period of time would pass and I would begin again reading, listening to podcasts, etc.  This time there is no looking back for me.  I ask you remember me in your prayers as I continue on my journey toward Orthodoxy.

RESIDE: In the South, but I'm a Northern transplant.  

MISC STUFF:
Ethnicity: Andalucian (Spanish) and Slovak.

Education: Some college.

Occupation: Medical transcriptionist (yes, some of us still exist . . . LOL)

Sports: BIG Pittsburgh Steelers fan (some of my upbringing was in “the Burgh”) and NY Mets fan.  

“Girly” things I enjoy: Crocheting, cross-stitch; a novice quilter.  Picking up finds at yard sales.  Baking/cooking. Enjoy taking time to writing cards/letters to friends and sending via snail mail (though I do Facebook too).  

Music: Have been involved in church and community choirs.  Enjoy performing sacred choral music.

Writing:  I am long-winded . . . .forgive me.  

Everyone have a good night!

Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: TheTrisagion on June 12, 2014, 10:16:08 PM
You had me at BIG Steelers fan.  :-*
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: littlepilgrim64 on June 12, 2014, 11:03:28 PM
You had me at BIG Steelers fan.  :-*

Start of training camp at St. Vincent's will be here before ya know it  :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Asteriktos on June 12, 2014, 11:10:00 PM
You had me at BIG Steelers fan.  :-*

Start of training camp at St. Vincent's will be here before ya know it  :)

I live about 5 miles from St. Vincents, I'll have to decide whether to try and go... guess I'll see how the crowds, weather, etc. are. If I go I can figure out something Orthodox to yell at Troy  ;D  :P
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Asteriktos on June 12, 2014, 11:11:42 PM
Welcome to Sam G and littlepilgrim64!  :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Georgii on June 23, 2014, 08:00:15 PM
Male, age 50, by birth Presbyterian, working as a translator/editor between English, Russian and German.

Lived the first half of my life (but whose life is it anyway?) in the US, the most recent half in Germany. Married (Orthodox wedding) to a cradle Russian Orthodox for the last 17 years. One son, almost 13 years old.

Chrismated in a Moscow Patriarchate parish in Baltimore this last Holy Thursday. Still travelling around the US, but looking forward to getting home to ROCOR in Germany.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: littlepilgrim64 on June 23, 2014, 08:45:01 PM
Welcome Georgii!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: juha on June 25, 2014, 02:25:14 AM
Hello friends! I am new to the forum. Age 55,father of one,single parent, converted to orthodoxy 1985, psychotherapist, hobbyist photographer, Helsinki orthodox parish.
God bless!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Asteriktos on June 25, 2014, 02:34:26 AM
Welcome :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Georgii on June 25, 2014, 04:01:27 AM
Occupation: Medical transcriptionist (yes, some of us still exist . . . LOL)

Yeah, we do show our age. My favorite great aunt (Lord grant her Your Heavenly Kingdom) was a court reporter, and while there was still a Cold War I did something for the US Department of Defense that was called "transcription" -- my part in trying to figure out what those darned Rooskies were up to and to keep them from taking over the world  ???.

But now I pray for the salvation of those killed in the fratricidal strife in the Ukrainian Lands (an interesting way to dodge the question of whether to put the "the" in Ukraine).

And all of my paternal relatives are Southerners transplanted to the North, so I can kind of see where you, littlepilgrim, are coming from in that way, too.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Hīlhētes on October 24, 2014, 07:39:42 PM
Been lurking around here on and off, but I'm finally ready to post.   ;D 

My name is Eric.  I'm turning 24 in December, and I was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario.  I'm currently in college studying Broadcasting & Film, and I'm starting an internship for school next week. 

I was raised in an Evangelical household, but I became disillusioned with Christianity a few years ago, and almost became agnostic.  Then, in 2011, one of my best friends took me to his church and introduced me to Orthodoxy, and in Summer 2013 I decided that it was the truth.  I still need to be become a catechumen, though, lol.

My hobbies and interests include hiking, biking, writing, film, history, linguistics, and geopolitics.   :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Mor Ephrem on October 24, 2014, 08:44:13 PM
Welcome!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: LizaSymonenko on October 24, 2014, 09:07:23 PM

Welcome to the Forum, Hīlhētes!!!!

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Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Zois on October 29, 2014, 06:36:03 AM
Hello! :)
I'm Zois (Ζώης). I'm 16 years old and from Greece, but unfortunately I live in Germany.

If you have any questions, you are allowed to ask. ;) :D
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: biro on October 29, 2014, 08:03:30 PM
Hello! :)
I'm Zois (Ζώης). I'm 16 years old and from Greece, but unfortunately I live in Germany.

If you have any questions, you are allowed to ask. ;) :D

Hello, good to see you on the board.  :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: NanaDeborah on October 30, 2014, 10:24:58 AM
I wish I had seen this sooner!  I am probably older than most of you here.  I am married with two grown children and 10 grandchildren ages 7 months to 14 years, so do the math.  Hence the "Nana" part.

I am currently employed in the district office of our local US Congressman, but not so interested in politics any more.  I am involved with constituent services (you would not believe the stuff people call their Congressman about.  I should write a book.)

I love to sew and quilt, and when I get breaks from work, I like to cook.  Planning to retire next year, take some photography classes and travel to see the natural wonders of the USA, taking thousands of pictures.

I am a serious lifelong introvert who is trying to learn to more adequately and eloquently express myself, so please forgive my often rambling posts.  My mind needs to learn discipline so I am sure you will help me stay on task here.

My husband is retired military, so we had an opportunity to live abroad for a few years, in Greece, New Zealand, and Japan.

I don't have much Orthodox experience, but a lot of life experience, so come on over, have some milk and cookies, and let's talk.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: littlepilgrim64 on October 30, 2014, 12:11:52 PM
NanaDeborah - Good getting to know you more through this post  :)  Your life sounds so interesting! A belated "Welcome" to you!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Zois on October 31, 2014, 05:07:32 AM
I wish I had seen this sooner!  I am probably older than most of you here.  I am married with two grown children and 10 grandchildren ages 7 months to 14 years, so do the math.  Hence the "Nana" part.

I am currently employed in the district office of our local US Congressman, but not so interested in politics any more.  I am involved with constituent services (you would not believe the stuff people call their Congressman about.  I should write a book.)

I love to sew and quilt, and when I get breaks from work, I like to cook.  Planning to retire next year, take some photography classes and travel to see the natural wonders of the USA, taking thousands of pictures.

I am a serious lifelong introvert who is trying to learn to more adequately and eloquently express myself, so please forgive my often rambling posts.  My mind needs to learn discipline so I am sure you will help me stay on task here.

My husband is retired military, so we had an opportunity to live abroad for a few years, in Greece, New Zealand, and Japan.

I don't have much Orthodox experience, but a lot of life experience, so come on over, have some milk and cookies, and let's talk.

Welcome, NanaDeborah!
I have one question, because your life seems to be very satisfying and nice and, even if I am just 16 years old, I think it is be great to be married and have a wonderful and harmonic life with my family, and to have a successful career, which must not bring be too much money, but enough to feed my family. I still go to school and I don't plan to marry in the next future, but still, my question is: Are you happy with your life? Because you really seem to have lots of life experience, a happy family and a successful career and that's what I am aiming for.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: sakura95 on October 31, 2014, 07:19:06 AM
Ermm....Hi (⁄ ⁄•⁄ω⁄•⁄ ⁄)⁄  I have been posting here for quite some time.

I am a Malaysian Chinese as some of you would know. Currently, I'm studying Business with Economics in the UK with hopes of pursuing a masters in Behavioral Economics, hopefully anyway. Generally, I'm a particularly shy person so while I might be quite 'vocal' here, I would be more quiet and introverted in real life. I also have an odd thing for looking feminine for some unknown reason.

My religious background is an odd mix of Buddhism, Protestantism and Catholicism and now I'm Orthodox....at least in belief which is better than nothing  ;)

As for my interests, I love philosophy(I hope to be able to somehow pursue a degree in it), Behavioral Economics, Theology, Manga, Adventure Time, Anime, girls and emotional music, particularly those that are poetic and tell a story. I also do sketches sometimes during my free time, mostly based on real people such as singers and girls I know...at least those attractive based on my POV.


Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Twenty Nine on October 31, 2014, 08:22:49 AM
Hello,
I am 38, married with four children. Converted from Roman Catholicism to Orthodoxy in 2001.

By day I am an accountant, by night I am a distance-learning seminarian at St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Seminary.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: TheTrisagion on October 31, 2014, 08:37:14 AM
Hello,
I am 38, married with four children. Converted from Roman Catholicism to Orthodoxy in 2001.

By day I am an accountant, by night I am a distance-learning seminarian at St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Seminary.
I thought you were 29.

[/lamejoke]
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Inquirer on October 31, 2014, 08:45:02 AM
Hello. I was raised as a Hanukkah/Passover Jew (the equivalent of Easter/Christmas Christians), functionally atheist. Had an epiphany when I was 17 and was baptized in a Roman Catholic Church. I have a B.A. in theology. Got married when I was 22, currently have one child. I moved to a rural area about a year ago and couldn't find a single Tridentine-rite Mass or sufferable Novus Ordo parish within an hour of my new house, so I go to a Ruthenian parish. Since about a month before the Synod on the Family in Rome convened I have been strongly considering converting to Orthodoxy.

I love tacos and naps. Not a very exciting person unfortunately.

I want to remain anonymous so no photo/real name. But if you're curious, I look exactly like Gendo from Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: quietmorning on October 31, 2014, 08:49:46 AM
Wow, I didn't know this post existed. :)

My name is BethAnna.  I've been here since 2010.  I have three grown children and five (one is on the way) grandchildren.  I have a german shepherd (mine) named Jess and two cats (hubby's) named Roadie and Petra.

I live in a big old house built in 1857 that's been in my husband's family for four generations.  Some times I squawk about it, but I'm squawking less now that I can do the laundry without an umbrella.

I am Orthodox (convert).

I love to learn, write and sculpt.  Haven't done the sculpting in a while, but once my husband is back on his feet I will get back to my pottery classes and start carving reliefs into the pottery.

Fav subjects of study: History, MicroBiology, NeuroBiology (specifically the brain) and Sociology.

Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: mabsoota on October 31, 2014, 02:34:05 PM
i am glad your leak is fixed.
(if i understand you right).

i hope you have also sorted your bug problem.

it british english, a buggy (plural - buggies) is a type of plastic basket on wheels
that you put your baby or small kid in to avoid carrying it all the time.

so when i saw your post in the prayer thread, i had images of parents running manically around
with their small kids on wheels, accidently causing you all kinds of random distress!

i suppose that would have been easier to sort out though, i posted it in case it gave you a laugh
 ;)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: TheTrisagion on October 31, 2014, 03:35:50 PM
i am glad your leak is fixed.
(if i understand you right).

i hope you have also sorted your bug problem.

it british english, a buggy (plural - buggies) is a type of plastic basket on wheels
that you put your baby or small kid in to avoid carrying it all the time.

so when i saw your post in the prayer thread, i had images of parents running manically around
with their small kids on wheels, accidently causing you all kinds of random distress!

i suppose that would have been easier to sort out though, i posted it in case it gave you a laugh
 ;)
I had visions of Amish buggies careening around. I decided not to post that in a prayer thread though. lol
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: NanaDeborah on November 01, 2014, 12:08:33 PM
Quote
Welcome, NanaDeborah!
I have one question, because your life seems to be very satisfying and nice and, even if I am just 16 years old, I think it is be great to be married and have a wonderful and harmonic life with my family, and to have a successful career, which must not bring be too much money, but enough to feed my family. I still go to school and I don't plan to marry in the next future, but still, my question is: Are you happy with your life? Because you really seem to have lots of life experience, a happy family and a successful career and that's what I am aiming for.

Thank you so much for this question.  I have been thinking about how to answer.  I don't want to hijack this thread so I will start a new one.  I guess in "Other" since it does not seem to fit anywhere else, and if it is not the right place then I guess they will move it. 
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Yurysprudentsiya on November 01, 2014, 01:11:34 PM
i am glad your leak is fixed.
(if i understand you right).

i hope you have also sorted your bug problem.

it british english, a buggy (plural - buggies) is a type of plastic basket on wheels
that you put your baby or small kid in to avoid carrying it all the time.

so when i saw your post in the prayer thread, i had images of parents running manically around
with their small kids on wheels, accidently causing you all kinds of random distress!

i suppose that would have been easier to sort out though, i posted it in case it gave you a laugh
 ;)
I had visions of Amish buggies careening around. I decided not to post that in a prayer thread though. lol

Me too!!!   Because of a large Amish population, horse-and-buggies are a very common sight around here.  There are even a few buggy shops where they repair buggies.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Yurysprudentsiya on November 01, 2014, 01:13:06 PM
In my family, we also use "baby buggies" in the sense that Mabsoota mentioned.

The rather small English side of my ancestry, however, came to America about 150 years ago, so I don't know if it came over with the immigration or if it is also something we also generally say in America.

Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: NanaDeborah on November 01, 2014, 01:15:03 PM
Quote
In my family, we also use "baby buggies" in the sense that Mabsoota mentioned.

The rather small English side of my ancestry, however, came to America about 150 years ago, so I don't know if it came over with the immigration or if it is also something we also generally say in America.

We always said "baby buggies" but in New Zealand (quite British) they call them "prams."
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Regnare on November 02, 2014, 05:23:26 PM
I might as well join the group of people who didn't even know this was a thread somewhere. I'm a Canadian university student, studying political theory and the history of Christianity and some other things. My main hobby is amassing trivial knowledge.

I was a relatively recent convert to Roman Catholicism from the United Church of Canada (a liberal mainline denomination which united all of Canada's Congregationalists and Methodists, plus some of its Presbyterians, in the 1920s). Then I wondered to myself, "How is it that the Orthodox stayed so close to the Catholic faith when all of the other groups that broke off became so different?" So I did some research and I found out the answer, and then spent a year trying to prove that answer wrong, and then became a catechumen in the OCA (as you might imagine, the answer turned out to be that Rome broke off from Orthodoxy).
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Terry2 on November 05, 2014, 04:29:31 PM
Hi, my registration finally got authorized today.  Just wanted to into myself and say hello.  I'm in the process of converting to the Orthodox faith and wanted to fellowship with other brothers and sisters here. 

I'm still getting used to this Simple Machines format, so please forgive me if I screw something up.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Antonios on November 05, 2014, 08:00:09 PM
Greeting Terry!  It is good to have you here!   :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Terry2 on November 05, 2014, 08:13:30 PM
Greeting Terry!  It is good to have you here!   :)

Thanks Antonios!  Good to be here.  Hope to learn a lot from some of the elders here.  Thanks brother!  :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: ays on November 07, 2014, 04:04:04 AM
I did not see this thread...

Anyway, my name is Bogdan (Богдан) and I am from Belgrade, Serbia (born and raised). I have beautiful and very wise fiancee that I will be, God willing, married to soon. I am blessed and very fortunate to have a person like her in my life.
I have a M.Sc in Software Engineering and have been working as a programmer/developer for 7 years now.

I was chrismated at the early age in Orthodox Church of Vladimir Nevsky in Belgrade, even tho I was born while the country was called Yugoslavia and was ruled by communist party. If anyone is interested, this is the church:http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/da/HramSvetogAleksandraNevskog.jpg (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/da/HramSvetogAleksandraNevskog.jpg).

Its in the area of Belgrade where I grew up. :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Georgii on November 07, 2014, 05:01:22 AM
my name is Bogdan (Богдан)

Welcome, Bogdan! That is a beautiful church.

You having a wise finacee and, God willing, she also being your wife is a great blessing.

My wife is just old enough to have been an Young Communist in the former Soviet Union at that time, but she has repented since then. I also took part in the Cold War on the Western side, though I cannot say that we always did the right thing, either. God bless!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: ays on November 07, 2014, 08:06:11 AM
Thank you Georgii
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Dominika on November 07, 2014, 10:48:03 AM
I did not see this thread...

Anyway, my name is Bogdan (Богдан) and I am from Belgrade, Serbia (born and raised). I have beautiful and very wise fiancee that I will be, God willing, married to soon. I am blessed and very fortunate to have a person like her in my life.
I have a M.Sc in Software Engineering and have been working as a programmer/developer for 7 years now.

I was chrismated at the early age in Orthodox Church of Vladimir Nevsky in Belgrade, even tho I was born while the country was called Yugoslavia and was ruled by communist party. If anyone is interested, this is the church:http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/da/HramSvetogAleksandraNevskog.jpg (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/da/HramSvetogAleksandraNevskog.jpg).

Its in the area of Belgrade where I grew up. :)

How nice to see more Serbs on the forum! :)
The church of Aleksandar Nevski is the favourite Belgrade church of my aunt (living in the Belgrade suburbs) :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: ays on November 09, 2014, 08:05:26 AM
How nice to see more Serbs on the forum! :)
The church of Aleksandar Nevski is the favourite Belgrade church of my aunt (living in the Belgrade suburbs) :)

Awesome mate, awesome!

and I just realised that I wrote, for a reason completely unknown to me, "Vladimir Nevsky" instead of "Alexander Nevsky"... I need a vacation! :D
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: mabsoota on November 09, 2014, 05:13:32 PM
not all ze slavs is called 'vladmir'?

eez outrage!

 ;)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Greg on November 11, 2014, 02:54:47 PM
Registration was approved of today. I am 25 years old and a catechumen at the Greek Orthodox parish in my town; I am coming over from the Southern Baptist/non-denomiational Evangelical camp.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: mabsoota on November 11, 2014, 06:34:08 PM
welcome!
you will find the most helpful advice in the convert issues forum, as the moderation is more thorough there.
 :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Didyma on November 11, 2014, 10:36:15 PM
Hi, I'm Didyma.  My username is a reference to the fact that I'm a twin.  I'm currently 20 years old and am a sophomore in college.  I live in the southern United States.  My major is Linguistics with a focus in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (T.E.S.O.L.).  I haven't decided my minor yet.  I have many interests, including foreign affairs, art, storytelling, and learning languages.  I used to love reading books, too, but everything changed when I started to get a bunch of assigned reading for school. :( My original brand of Christianity was United Methodism. 

Also, I am learning Japanese in order to become a missionary in Japan, so if you know Japanese you can PM me in said language.  However, I am only about toddler level at the moment -- I'm about to take the N5 level of the J.L.P.T. in December.

Welcome, all!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: mabsoota on November 12, 2014, 04:00:00 PM
welcome!
don't worry about the reading, i found i couldn't read for pleasure (except the Bible) while i was studying,
but the feeling came back a few years later and now i can read a lot.
since i started to learn about orthodox Christianity about 9 years ago, i have been mainly reading about that,
coz it's the most fun thing to read!
 :)

do you have contacts with the russian orthodox church in japan?
there are some native japanese who go to their 2 churches,
and there is also a coptic orthodox church as well. they also have japanese people there, according to internet photos.

sadly, when i was there 6 years ago, i was traveling with people who were not orthodox,
and i also wasn't in the right places at the right time.
we did visit a nice protestant church, though, and the visiting canadian speaker preached in fluent japanese.
i don't know what he said, but our friend said it was interesting!

we learnt about 14 useful phrases (mostly about food) and i learnt to read 3 of the letters (that's about 0.1%!)
o yasumi na sai
(which i think means goodnight!)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: biro on November 12, 2014, 04:57:19 PM
Registration was approved of today. I am 25 years old and a catechumen at the Greek Orthodox parish in my town; I am coming over from the Southern Baptist/non-denomiational Evangelical camp.

Hello and welcome.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Greg on November 12, 2014, 05:53:29 PM
Thank you for the welcome.

I thought there were more than two Orthodox churches over in Japan?
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Didyma on November 12, 2014, 10:31:53 PM
welcome!
don't worry about the reading, i found i couldn't read for pleasure (except the Bible) while i was studying,
but the feeling came back a few years later and now i can read a lot.
since i started to learn about orthodox Christianity about 9 years ago, i have been mainly reading about that,
coz it's the most fun thing to read!
 :)

do you have contacts with the russian orthodox church in japan?
there are some native japanese who go to their 2 churches,
and there is also a coptic orthodox church as well. they also have japanese people there, according to internet photos.

sadly, when i was there 6 years ago, i was traveling with people who were not orthodox,
and i also wasn't in the right places at the right time.
we did visit a nice protestant church, though, and the visiting canadian speaker preached in fluent japanese.
i don't know what he said, but our friend said it was interesting!

we learnt about 14 useful phrases (mostly about food) and i learnt to read 3 of the letters (that's about 0.1%!)
o yasumi na sai
(which i think means goodnight!)

Really?  I hope my desire to read for fun comes back after I leave school.  I feel kind of bummed about it, but I don't have a lot of time what with all the studying.  I don't have any church contacts in Japan.  I'll get to translating their site page after I"m done studying for the JLPT, and maybe I can find the email of a priest near Niigata (where I'll be going, God willing, this summer).  I'm pretty sure there's more than two churches, though!  The Church of Japan (autonomous) has about 45 churches and missions according to the Orthodox Wiki page: http://orthodoxwiki.org/List_of_parishes_in_Japan
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: KostaC on November 13, 2014, 12:25:24 AM
Hi, I'm Didyma.  My username is a reference to the fact that I'm a twin.  I'm currently 20 years old and am a sophomore in college.  I live in the southern United States.  My major is Linguistics with a focus in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (T.E.S.O.L.).  I haven't decided my minor yet.  I have many interests, including foreign affairs, art, storytelling, and learning languages.  I used to love reading books, too, but everything changed when I started to get a bunch of assigned reading for school. :( My original brand of Christianity was United Methodism. 

Also, I am learning Japanese in order to become a missionary in Japan, so if you know Japanese you can PM me in said language.  However, I am only about toddler level at the moment -- I'm about to take the N5 level of the J.L.P.T. in December.

Welcome, all!

My Orthodox Christian Fellowship chaplain was a missionary in Japan. He seemed to have done a lot there during his time serving in one of Japan's cathedrals. If you ever have any questions about becoming a missionary in Japan, I'd recommend that you contact Fr. Constantine White.


Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: 1am3rd on November 14, 2014, 11:42:40 AM
Hi, all!

I am Canadian, living in Jordan.  I am a (Carpatho-Russian) Orthodox convert.   I converted almost twenty years ago now.  I'm older than 25 ;-)

A homily I heard ages ago talked about a license plate with "IAM3RD" on it.  It was from a family who were friends with the Priest.  (I actually passed the car one day on the highway).  They chose it to represent the priorities in their lives:  First, Christ.  Second, everyone else.  Third, one's self.

I hope this is how I live my life. 

I have a degree in Protestant Theology, and one in Eastern Christian Studies.  I have a lot to learn!  I hope I can learn a lot here, and maybe even have a little something worth sharing.

Thanks and God bless,
Iam3rd

Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Chiere on November 15, 2014, 10:11:03 PM
Welcome to all the new members here!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: The young fogey on November 18, 2014, 11:47:05 PM
I have been an online copywriter for two years after 18 years in newspapers (feature writing, proofreading, page-making with the computer, digital video for the Web, and editing). Give me a business's name and line of work, and I'll come up with 1,000+ SEO-friendly words, creating an online brand identity, a personality, a voice for that company that will drive customers to it. My copywriting strategy: “Look for the hook (what's in it for this company's customers?) and create a character.” I've written content on over 1,500 commercial websites for small businesses of all kinds all over the country and one overseas (Belgium — worked via Skype), including in Spanish, and have trained writers.

All of these are skills applicable to any kind of corporate communications.

Writing samples:

http://rizzosroastbeef.com/
http://larsonrockforddentist.com/
http://www.drhibler.com/
http://www.lawrenceandtylersc.com/
http://www.marinesandmickey.org/
http://code-on.eu/
https://twitter.com/JohnBeeler1 (links to newspaper work)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: DanielGarneau on December 16, 2014, 09:02:00 AM
Hello,

I found this forum as I was looking for information to help me in my tasks as webmaster and webowner of a site dedicated to showing the connection there is between learning, knowing, believing and commitment.

The article http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/articles/48-some-reflections-on-managing-an-orthodox-christian-discussion-forum (http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/articles/48-some-reflections-on-managing-an-orthodox-christian-discussion-forum) published by Anastasios Hudson really caught my interest, because it lays down principles that are applicable to my own participation in any Christian forum.

So I was drawn here for an interest in the practical aspects of participating in the Web as Christian. But also because I am interested in learning about believers in Christ of other traditions.

I was raised and born in a Roman Catholic environment in Quebec Canada. I did my primary grades in the 1960's. One year I carried a paper back edition of the New Testament as one of our textbook. But we never opened it in school. No one ever talked about its contents in my family either.

It was as a young adult that I first met people who were actually discussing the Bible's contents. Through them I started considering how I should live in relationship to God. These people were Evangelical Christians. When I decided to turn my life over to God, it was within that context. Many years ago now.

May God bless you all, and thank you for allowing me to be a member of this community.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: The young fogey on December 16, 2014, 09:18:25 AM
Update: I'm out of the copywriting business and in the production side of publishing.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: TheTrisagion on December 16, 2014, 09:30:43 AM
Hello,

I found this forum as I was looking for information to help me in my tasks as webmaster and webowner of a site dedicated to showing the connection there is between learning, knowing, believing and commitment.

The article http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/articles/48-some-reflections-on-managing-an-orthodox-christian-discussion-forum (http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/articles/48-some-reflections-on-managing-an-orthodox-christian-discussion-forum) published by Anastasios Hudson really caught my interest, because it lays down principles that are applicable to my own participation in any Christian forum.

So I was drawn here for an interest in the practical aspects of participating in the Web as Christian. But also because I am interested in learning about believers in Christ of other traditions.

I was raised and born in a Roman Catholic environment in Quebec Canada. I did my primary grades in the 1960's. One year I carried a paper back edition of the New Testament as one of our textbook. But we never opened it in school. No one ever talked about its contents in my family either.

It was as a young adult that I first met people who were actually discussing the Bible's contents. Through them I started considering how I should live in relationship to God. These people were Evangelical Christians. When I decided to turn my life over to God, it was within that context. Many years ago now.

May God bless you all, and thank you for allowing me to be a member of this community.
Welcome to the forum!  :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Chiere on December 16, 2014, 11:48:03 AM
Welcome!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Jakoblaj on December 29, 2014, 08:25:48 PM
Hello!  This is my first post.  I am a new member of both the forum and of the Orthodox Church!  I have found a lot of useful information in these pages and am excited to be a part of the community now! 
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: methodius on December 29, 2014, 08:29:35 PM
 a danielgarneau - bienvenu.......
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: TheTrisagion on December 29, 2014, 08:46:04 PM
Hello!  This is my first post.  I am a new member of both the forum and of the Orthodox Church!  I have found a lot of useful information in these pages and am excited to be a part of the community now! 
Welcome!  Always nice to see new people.  :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: biro on December 30, 2014, 12:21:45 AM
Hello!  This is my first post.  I am a new member of both the forum and of the Orthodox Church!  I have found a lot of useful information in these pages and am excited to be a part of the community now! 

Hello and welcome to the board.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: hecma925 on December 31, 2014, 06:54:07 AM
Welcome DanielGarneau and Jakoblaj.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: DanielGarneau on December 31, 2014, 08:09:21 AM
Thank you for welcoming me into your on-line community.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Julian6352 on January 17, 2015, 11:40:31 PM
Hi all,
I'm new here too. I live in the Northwest USA, at the present time I'm not affiliated with any particular religion but for the past year or so I have had an interest in Orthodoxy. I've studied NT Greek and one of my hobbies is reading about the earliest forms of Christianity. I guess that is part of what has drawn me to the Orthodox faith. I'm here to learn from you. I'm a lawyer by profession and raised in the Mormon religion but left it a few years ago. My disaffection with that faith primarily started from reading the Bible (especially the New Testament).
Κύριε Ἰησοῦ Χριστέ, Υἱὲ τοῦ Θεοῦ, ἐλέησόν με τὸν ἁμαρτωλόν.   :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Mor Ephrem on January 18, 2015, 12:04:43 AM
Hi all,
I'm new here too. I live in the Northwest USA, at the present time I'm not affiliated with any particular religion but for the past year or so I have had an interest in Orthodoxy. I've studied NT Greek and one of my hobbies is reading about the earliest forms of Christianity. I guess that is part of what has drawn me to the Orthodox faith. I'm here to learn from you. I'm a lawyer by profession and raised in the Mormon religion but left it a few years ago. My disaffection with that faith primarily started from reading the Bible (especially the New Testament).
Κύριε Ἰησοῦ Χριστέ, Υἱὲ τοῦ Θεοῦ, ἐλέησόν με τὸν ἁμαρτωλόν.   :)

Welcome! 

There are a number of people here who were Mormons or know a lot about Mormonism.  There are also a few lawyers among us.  There are people who are from your part of the country as well.  I'm none of those things, but I did study Greek.  :P
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: biro on January 18, 2015, 12:34:09 AM
Hello and welcome, Julian.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: NanaDeborah on January 18, 2015, 06:52:13 AM
Welcome Julian.  We hope you like it here.

Χριστός Ανέστη!
 

Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Tommelomsky on January 21, 2015, 01:04:03 AM
Hello. I am Thomas. 42.
From Oslo in Norway.

Back after like 1 1/2 years of abscence.  Still green and soon two years old as Orthodox.
Realizing it takes time to get into the different practices in church.

My words are spoken through pictures (photo as hobby, specifically of metro as in being a metronut
/subwaynerd). Enjoying music, movies, mma, nhl and mlb.

Trying to learn something new every day. Like the russian alphabeth. Russian classes begins in september.
Not sure if I should go the steps in church or not. Currently being an altar-server/reader in training.

Posting on a messageboard like this is a good way to socialize, as getting in touch with people in this setting is
often a no-happening situation around here. Most people do not share my interests about orthodoxy and they
speak in either my native tongue or a slavonic language. English is so much more fun.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: methodius on January 21, 2015, 01:08:15 AM
welcome back!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Tommelomsky on January 21, 2015, 01:09:35 AM
Thank you. :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: elephant on January 21, 2015, 08:32:34 AM
Dear Tommelomsky,

Welcome back.  Please post one of your photographs.

Love, elephant
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Supermentalita on January 29, 2015, 02:41:49 PM
Hi! My name is Brian from Rotterdam, Holland and i live in Sofia, Bulgaria! Hope to spend some good time on this forum!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: methodius on January 29, 2015, 02:44:26 PM
welcome Brian...!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: mabsoota on January 29, 2015, 02:51:02 PM
welcome, you must speak lots of languages!
did you find a church to attend where you are?
may God bless your week
 :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: mike on January 29, 2015, 02:57:13 PM
did you find a church to attend where you are?

finding a church in sophia would not be such a difficult thing
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Tommelomsky on January 29, 2015, 07:00:49 PM
Welcome. :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: hecma925 on January 29, 2015, 07:48:48 PM
Hi! My name is Brian from Rotterdam, Holland and i live in Sofia, Bulgaria! Hope to spend some good time on this forum!

Welcome, Brian.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: biro on January 29, 2015, 08:56:00 PM
Hi! My name is Brian from Rotterdam, Holland and i live in Sofia, Bulgaria! Hope to spend some good time on this forum!

Hello, hope you enjoy the board. :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: methodius on January 29, 2015, 09:45:30 PM
I bet the one church you won't find is Hagia Sophia :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: wlee4048 on February 12, 2015, 05:50:10 PM
My name is Bill.  I reside in the great State of Oklahoma!  I am a Veteran and currently work in Finance.  Married with Kids.  I am not quite Orthodox, but am overwhelmed with what I did not know.  Thankfully grew up in a Christian home with godly parents.  Father was a Baptist preacher.  Feeling led to explore more about Orthodox Christianity.  It's strange, I can't get keep from exploring more.  It started out as a little research on the ancient church and has continued from there.  Pray for me and my family.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Chiere on February 12, 2015, 05:51:57 PM
Welcome to OC.net!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: biro on February 12, 2015, 06:02:36 PM
Hi, Bill. Glad you're here.  :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: LenInSebastopol on February 12, 2015, 11:47:00 PM
Hello Bill,
Welcome to OC Net.
Yeah, Orthodoxy is strange simply because we grew up thinking ALL TOGETHER different.  And I can tell you it is truly wonderful, but different. Stick around and enjoy the give and take.
Small prayers will be said tonight for you and your family.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: IXOYE on February 12, 2015, 11:55:37 PM
Welcome, Bill!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: hecma925 on February 13, 2015, 01:13:55 AM
My name is Bill.  I reside in the great State of Oklahoma!  I am a Veteran and currently work in Finance.  Married with Kids.  I am not quite Orthodox, but am overwhelmed with what I did not know.  Thankfully grew up in a Christian home with godly parents.  Father was a Baptist preacher.  Feeling led to explore more about Orthodox Christianity.  It's strange, I can't get keep from exploring more.  It started out as a little research on the ancient church and has continued from there.  Pray for me and my family.

Welcome, Bill.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: NanaDeborah on February 15, 2015, 08:22:49 AM
My name is Bill.  I reside in the great State of Oklahoma!  I am a Veteran and currently work in Finance.  Married with Kids.  I am not quite Orthodox, but am overwhelmed with what I did not know.  Thankfully grew up in a Christian home with godly parents.  Father was a Baptist preacher.  Feeling led to explore more about Orthodox Christianity.  It's strange, I can't get keep from exploring more.  It started out as a little research on the ancient church and has continued from there.  Pray for me and my family.

Hi Bill!  Welcome to our magnificent obsession!  Keep exploring, and stay in touch!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Journeyman on March 07, 2015, 01:41:27 AM
Hello - My name is Terry; my wife and I recently moved to Delaware after a lifetime in Massachusetts. During my "lifetime" I have been a practicing Catholic, an angry agnostic, a semi-Anglican, and a returned Catholic (very disheartening). The past five years I have been standing at the edge of the Bosphorus getting my toes wet. Here in Delaware, I have found a welcoming Orthodox church (there aren't many Orthodox in this area, yet) and am finally going to swim the Bosphorus. Christ is among us!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: SolEX01 on March 07, 2015, 01:50:12 AM
Welcome to the forum, Journeyman / Terry.   :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: hecma925 on March 07, 2015, 01:54:21 AM
Welcome, Journeyman.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: LenInSebastopol on March 07, 2015, 10:31:02 AM
Hi, Journeyman and welcome here. Enjoy the swim and let us know how you find it.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: TheTrisagion on March 08, 2015, 09:07:57 PM
Hello - My name is Terry; my wife and I recently moved to Delaware after a lifetime in Massachusetts. During my "lifetime" I have been a practicing Catholic, an angry agnostic, a semi-Anglican, and a returned Catholic (very disheartening). The past five years I have been standing at the edge of the Bosphorus getting my toes wet. Here in Delaware, I have found a welcoming Orthodox church (there aren't many Orthodox in this area, yet) and am finally going to swim the Bosphorus. Christ is among us!
Welcome!  I think I know where you attend, we go to that area for vacation annually. Its a cute little church.   :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Journeyman on March 08, 2015, 09:49:07 PM
Thank you all for the welcome. It is an exciting journey into the Light!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Porter ODoran on March 08, 2015, 11:44:11 PM
Welcome, Terry.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: mdamyers on April 15, 2015, 06:06:20 AM
I'm more or less a newbie here -- a few posts here and there during the past few weeks. Some may know me as the Bad Cop and Scourge of Monomakhos, off and on for a few years. A labor of love.

I'll be a good boy here though, probably, since my exposure to this group so far leaves the impression that it's nowhere close to mostly irrational and deplorable, generally speaking. Is that correct?

Anyway, I hope and even think it is correct. So hi all.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: hecma925 on April 15, 2015, 06:27:40 AM
Welcome, mdamyers.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: LenInSebastopol on April 15, 2015, 09:02:05 AM
Good to have you here, mdamyers.
Uh, not wanting to break your bubble TO badly, at times I am irrrrrraaaationalllly typing, but i hope you enjoy this place in space with a bit of salt and slight sense of humor.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Porter ODoran on April 15, 2015, 12:06:44 PM
I'll be a good boy here though, probably, since my exposure to this group so far leaves the impression that it's nowhere close to mostly irrational and deplorable, generally speaking. Is that correct?

Your wisdom shall tell us all in time. Welcome.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Journeyman on April 15, 2015, 09:20:48 PM
Hi Mike,

Have been reading your comments for a number of years. Welcome! We seem to be very mellow compared to what you have experienced.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: FinnJames on April 21, 2015, 08:52:19 AM
Just saying 'hi' -- and showing off St Nicholas (wooden) church in Joensuu, Finland, in my avatar.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: hecma925 on April 22, 2015, 01:56:55 AM
Welcome, FinnJames.  Nice church!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: mdamyers on April 22, 2015, 02:09:17 AM
Thanks to hecma925, LenInSebastopol (I love Sonoma), Porter ODoran and Journeyman for your kind welcome.

Christ is risen!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Landon13 on April 26, 2015, 12:06:06 PM
Hello my name is Landon from Texas. I am currently a seeking convert, having converted from Protestant to Catholic (only converted so far in more traditional beliefs, not in sacrament because I have many disagreements with the modern Catholic Church), and am now seeking possibly to convert and know more about Orthodoxy.

God bless!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: hecma925 on April 26, 2015, 12:15:42 PM
Welcome, Landon.

Diocese of Dallas?  If you have a chance, visit St. Seraphim's Cathedral (http://www.stseraphim.org/) which just happens to be the OCA Diocese of the South's seat.  Good folks there.

Or, if you live elsewhere, the Orthodox Assembly of Bishops has a great parish finder (http://www.assemblyofbishops.org/directories/parishes).
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: ergro on May 11, 2015, 12:03:42 PM
Hello,

I am a (soon-to-be) 22 year old from Israel. Orthodox in belief, and hopefully a soon-to-be full member of the Church. I've been lurking these forum for a while, and have learned a lot from them.

Peace,

-E
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: biro on May 11, 2015, 12:36:17 PM
Hello, E. :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Koliva on May 11, 2015, 01:08:33 PM
Hello, my name's Alexia. I live in Durban, South Africa and attend the Holy Trinity and St. Nicholas parishes there. I'm a cradle Greek Orthodox.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: biro on May 11, 2015, 01:09:48 PM
Hi, welcome.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: serstickman on May 25, 2015, 09:32:43 AM
Hi there,

Been lurking for a while. Appreciate all the links to Orthodox info & comments people share. His Peace be with you all :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: LenInSebastopol on May 25, 2015, 09:44:52 AM
Welcome, Serstickman.....as I enjoy baseball, I'd enjoy changing your name to Sir Stick Man, but then again, you are new so simply have fun here.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: biro on May 25, 2015, 12:32:20 PM
Hi there,

Been lurking for a while. Appreciate all the links to Orthodox info & comments people share. His Peace be with you all :)

Hello there!  :) Welcome aboard.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Basileios P on June 12, 2015, 01:51:55 PM
Hey everyone!

I'm Pasi from Helsinki, Finland! I joined this forum a few years ago when I converted but then forgot about it. Now I'm here and finally using my account. : )
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: biro on June 12, 2015, 01:57:33 PM
Hello and enjoy the board. :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Friedrich on June 23, 2015, 02:25:03 AM
Hi everyone!

I've actually been posting for a few days, but I've been blind to this thread, and thought it only appropriate to be polite and post here.

I'm a 21 year old college graduate, from the US who will soon be going to school in Germany.
I'm an inquirer (and somewhat long time lurker)

Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: LenInSebastopol on June 23, 2015, 07:24:21 AM
Hello Friedrich,
I read one of your post but did not have time to respond, however I saw some of the responses and they seemed spot on. Hope you have fun in Germany, school and finding an Orthodox group of people over there. Keep on keeping...........
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Svartzorn on January 13, 2016, 08:01:12 PM
Greetings to all.
I've been an orthodox christian for some time now. Residing in Brasília - Brazil. 26, lawyer.
I often go to a greek parish here.
I'm joining this forum in hopes of learning more about our faith and developing myself spiritually. One of the downsides of living in my country is that this is no orthodox country and orthodoxy is fairly new here. So we don't have a lot of resources.
I hope to learn from you guys.

Cheers.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: eddybear on January 13, 2016, 08:07:21 PM
Welcome to the forum!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: mike on January 13, 2016, 08:09:18 PM
At the time 3rd member from Brazil. Interesting.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Svartzorn on January 13, 2016, 08:19:48 PM
You mean joining recently? :D
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: mike on January 13, 2016, 08:23:24 PM
You mean joining recently? :D

Active. But one joined a few weeks ago, maybe a bit more IIRC.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: hecma925 on January 14, 2016, 01:30:01 AM
Greetings to all.
I've been an orthodox christian for some time now. Residing in Brasília - Brazil. 26, lawyer.
I often go to a greek parish here.
I'm joining this forum in hopes of learning more about our faith and developing myself spiritually. One of the downsides of living in my country is that this is no orthodox country and orthodoxy is fairly new here. So we don't have a lot of resources.
I hope to learn from you guys.

Cheers.

Hope this helps.

Orthodox writings in Portuguese (http://www.fatheralexander.org/page23.htm)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Svartzorn on January 14, 2016, 08:51:24 AM
Been to this page already, hecma :) TY anyways.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Simplebrother on January 22, 2016, 02:30:04 PM
Hello Everyone,

As I have joined the forum I believe an introduction is in order.
I go by the moniker Simple Brother and I am 48 years old. My spiritual journey (for lack of a better word) has covered a wide piece of land. I became a Christian at the age of 16 after a tumultuous childhood. I spent a number of years in the Assemblies of God. In my mid 20's I had an argument with God that ended with me walking away from Him.

I spent the next eight years as a practicing pagan. I followed the usual eclectic New Age gamut (Celtic and Native American shamanism, Wicca, Goetic Thaumaturgy, as well as Chaos Magick). One Friday morning the Lord figuratively slapped my head and told me to straighten up. That was 14 years ago.

I have since been involved in two churches. One was a bapticostal non denominational church and the other a Four Square church where I serve on the board. I was ordained several years ago and my wife and I are also running a small Bible study ministry among unchurched geeks.

I have noted a particular lack of spiritual depth and knowledge of church history among "low church" congregations (Not that I'm anything special).What I do find disturbing is the lack of desire to explore the issue.  It also seems that many of the "high church" denominations are falling into downright heresy(ordaining practicing homosexuals and such).

 I know that no denomination or congregation is perfect. Yet, I can't help but feel that the Ancient church practices are the correct ones. Hence, the last year or so I've been actively studying the Orthodox church and incorporating what I can into my life.

Why don't I convert? Two reasons actually, The first is it would be very disruptive to my marriage. My wife is very happy where we are and as she is my first earthly priority her happiness is more important than mine. The second is I do not know if I am disciplined enough to live an "Orthodox" lifestyle. I have trouble enough keeping up with my prayer rule short and simple though it be.

So there we are. I also enjoy reading, the occasional video game and movie. I do a little art as the mood strikes me.

Cheers
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: TheTrisagion on January 22, 2016, 02:32:12 PM
Welcome, simplebrother!  :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Simplebrother on January 22, 2016, 02:38:59 PM
Thank You,  :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Mor Ephrem on January 22, 2016, 02:54:04 PM
Welcome!

...I do not know if I am disciplined enough to live an "Orthodox" lifestyle.

None of us are.  Just look around. 
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Simplebrother on January 22, 2016, 04:05:33 PM
Thank you Mor.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: LizaSymonenko on January 22, 2016, 11:12:02 PM

Welcome to the Forum!!!

Buckle up and enjoy the ride!!!  :D
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: peacenprayer on January 22, 2016, 11:33:22 PM
28, seminarian, blacksmith, fish-belly-white red-beareded Metis from Northern Ontario, Canada

I don't know if I posted on here before. So yeah.

 ;D
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: LizaSymonenko on January 22, 2016, 11:40:26 PM
Wow. Welcome.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Seeking Humility on January 23, 2016, 12:26:56 AM
Hm... I suppose I should make a post here!

I generally lurk, on occasion, and very rarely post.

I'm 23. I am from a RC background who became a member of the Coptic Orthodox Church the beginning of last year. Glory to God, I am a little over 1 year old!

I am trying to figure out my post-undergrad life, but as a bottom line, I know that I am in the Church that God wants me to be in. God willing I will enter into law school this coming fall, I am working on applications, and potentially a Master's program as well.

That's about all and more than I would prefer to share but I figured it was worth making somewhat of an introduction. Particularly considering my rare postings, who knows when I shall see you all again!

God bless!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Mor Ephrem on January 23, 2016, 12:36:12 AM
Welcome!

I'm 23. I am from a RC background who became a member of the Coptic Orthodox Church the beginning of last year. Glory to God, I am a little over 1 year old!

Awesome.  :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: LizaSymonenko on January 23, 2016, 08:40:28 AM
Welcome to the Forum!!!!

It's great getting to know the new folks!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: ArmyBlazer on January 26, 2016, 03:30:26 PM
Hello all,

I want to introduce myself. I'm a 30 year old who had the bright idea to go back to school a couple of years ago (law). I'm married with 1 child. I grew up Southern Baptist and was one of those kids that was pretty much there every time the doors were open. Late in my teenage years I began to drift away from my faith while at the same time becoming disillusioned with the church I was going to. I have basically spent the last decade waffling back and forth between the atheist/agnostic realm even though my wife and I were members of an Episcopalian church (we rarely even went).

For whatever reason, I woke up a few months ago with a desire to go to church and to re-discover Christianity. I wish I could tell you what brought it on, but it just kind of hit me one morning. Anyway, the mainstream Protestant world I grew up in doesn't hold much appeal to me, so I was kind of unsure what church to go to. My father-in-law is Orthodox so he lent me some of his books and I went to a Divine Liturgy and loved it. I am still working out what it is that I believe, but Orthodoxy appeals to me on many levels. I've made going to Divine Liturgy part of my normal routine now and the priest has been very gracious in answering my questions and just being there to talk in general.

I found this site while just doing some general research. I've been lurking and soaking up as much info as I can. I've really enjoyed it so far. I look forward to fruitful discussions with all of you.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Mor Ephrem on January 26, 2016, 03:33:13 PM
I found this site while just doing some general research. I've been lurking and soaking up as much info as I can. I've really enjoyed it so far. I look forward to fruitful discussions with all of you.

Grant this, O Lord.   ;)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: hecma925 on January 27, 2016, 01:16:02 AM
Welcome to the new folks.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: petros22 on April 21, 2016, 04:31:09 PM
Hello everyone

I'm Peter and I'm a Roman Catholic. I'm very interested in what different Christian groups believe and in particular how different groups practice their faith in liturgy and devotions. I'm a Catholic who was once Anglican, but I know very little about Orthodoxy, so I'm here to discover a little about Orthodoxy to help me understand better how different people worship God. I really am almost completely ignorant about Orthodox customs and terminology, so forgive me if I use the wrong terms for things.

Pax Christi
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: TheTrisagion on April 21, 2016, 10:42:09 PM
Welcome Petros!  :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: LenInSebastopol on April 21, 2016, 11:42:04 PM
Good to see you here, Petros.
You've asked a lot, so stick around, hold on and enjoy.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Fr.Kaisarios on June 08, 2016, 03:46:17 AM
Hello, I'm 40 y.o., Greek.
I'm a deacon in one of the EP's monasteries in Turkey. I serve as librarian here. But now I'm interested how the christian dialog goes in the Internet...

As luck would have it, nowadays no one can be isolated from the world. A lot of atrocious things are happening there. Even now, while I'm writing, victims of the Istanbul terror attack and relatives of those who were killed by the car bomb are suffering. That's why I ask you to pray for the peace in Turkey and everywhere!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Fr.Kaisarios on June 08, 2016, 03:47:38 AM
Nice to meet you, Petros!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: hecma925 on June 08, 2016, 03:50:17 AM
Hello, I'm 40 y.o., Greek.
I'm a deacon in one of the EP's monasteries in Turkey. I serve as librarian here. But now I'm interested how the christian dialog goes in the Internet...

As luck would have it, nowadays no one can be isolated from the world. A lot of atrocious things are happening there. Even now, while I'm writing, victims of the Istanbul terror attack and relatives of those who were killed by the car bomb are suffering. That's why I ask you to pray for the peace in Turkey and everywhere!

Welcome, Father Deacon!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Charles1967 on September 25, 2016, 08:15:24 PM
O.k. Im Charlie from California
Vain to say my age. o.k. over 40 .but nobodys old in california.
Family came from Serbia turn of the century
Still enjoy the old country traditions food and music.
Want to go back to the1980s and be young again
Thinking about buying a motorcycle or convertable and pretend im magnum p.i.  (tom selleck)
Like Chinese and italian food .gambling (sorry father) and like to make corny jokes
To get mind off of crazy world.


Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Ainnir on September 29, 2016, 08:52:02 PM
It takes me a year to find these things.  :D

My real name is Emily.  To piece together things I've revealed in various posts plus a couple extra details:
I'm technically mostly Bavarian German, but I have only ever thought of myself as white American girl person.  I was transplanted from the Midwest to the South as an infant, so I'm not even allowed a regional identity (my accent varies from none to total hick; it's bizarre).
I'm 33, married, and have three children ages 6 to 10.  We also have two large breed dogs and eight hens.
We homeschool, so most of each day is just parenting and keeping house (or meager attempts at both, anyway).
I try to garden some, and am slowly expanding my knowledge in that area.  I also enjoy short hikes and camping when we're able.  I don't have anything like backwoods experience, though.

The spiritual side of things: I was raised Methodist, fell into sordid garbage around 16, reformed around 20 via my now-husband and a Southern Baptist church...and have been searching theologies beyond that to varying degrees, for various reasons, and in various ways since I was 27ish.  Probably most of it was avoidable and unnecessary, possibly even wrong.  I learned of Orthodoxy about four years ago, and joined the forum because literally everyone around me is hostile/suspicious/dismissive of Orthodoxy.  I attended a parish for several months.  The intervening details are complicated and probably self-created.  So there's the nutshell, to the best of my ability.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: RaphaCam on September 29, 2016, 10:17:22 PM
I'm Raphael, 19, from Rio de Janeiro. I study Law and work for a public defender. I come from a Catholic/Kardecist/irreligious background and started to attend an Orthodox parish at 17. I've been posting here for a while (2k posts) but I wanted to subscribe to this thread posting something other than "subscribed" or "following".
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Diego on September 30, 2016, 07:33:07 PM
Hello. I have posted here since August. Interesting board. Right now I am on my Kindle device, so this post will be brief. Raised Roman Catholic/Anglican. Anglican is what took. Almost became a Monk and Priest in a Benedictine monastery. Fell away from my Faith for several years. Recently was in an LCMS church (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod) on my birthday, 29 May this year. Minding my own business when I had a Vision of Jesus Christ. He reached out His hand to me from the Cross and said, "you are a sinner and deserve eternal damnation and punishment. But take my hand, sinner, and be saved."

The First Vision caught me so much by surprise I about fell over. I refused to accept that it had even happened. I thought I was going loony. But then, to prove His point, Jesus did the same exact thing again just two minutes later, or less. Well, you can't deny reality when it slaps your face TWICE! I went to the Pastor that moment and asked to be instructed in the Lutheran Faith. I was confirmed on 21 August of this year.

As some of you know, we are a conservative, Confessional Lutheran Church. We don't fall for all the faddish liberal garbage that Mainline Protestants go for.

Obviously I am not going to agree with everything you say. But I hope we can still respect each other. In peace,

Diego   
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Porter ODoran on September 30, 2016, 08:14:08 PM
What a really great thread!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Lepanto on February 10, 2017, 08:45:23 AM
Hello!
Been a silent reader for quite a while before I decided to sign up here.
I really like this forum because the conversation style is polite in general and moderators
see to it that ad-hominems are quickly contained before they escalate.
Unfortunately, this is rather exceptional for Christian boards.
Naturally, the apologetic "battles" being fought in the Orthodox-Catholic subforum are of interest to me   ;D
My main reason for registering here:

My most wonderful wife is Orthodox, I am a Roman Catholic favoring tradition.
We are both practising and serious about it, you can imagine this is challenging.
Take it from me, I have a real good practical understanding why bishops from both East and West advised and continue to advise against or at least recommend caution
with those so-called "mixed marriages". It is not so much the theological differences - which do exist and are important - but rather
apparently small things in every day life which are self-evident for orthodox/orthodox or catholic/catholic couples.
Those little things cause dozens of discussions and controversies.
From a lot of personal experience, I know that one must tread lightly when it comes to things where the East and West disagree.
I really want to avoid polemics wherever possible, my main purpose here is to ask questions and learn more.

Lepanto
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: NocturnalNe on February 18, 2017, 07:52:35 AM
Hi, I'm Elizabeth. I'm 19 years old, will be 20 in late February, from the United States, and I'm a student at a 2 year community college from where I'll transfer to begin on my double major of Cultural Anthropology and Spanish. I'll probably get a minor in Religion too, who knows. I'm very interested in different cultures, languages, and religions. I speak intermediate Spanish, but it's my goal to be fluent, as well as learn other languages. Aside from all that, I love to read fiction/fantasy, watch TV shows and movies, write, do some art here and there, listen to music, and many other things lol. I grew up going to a Southern Baptist church with my Southern Baptist father and sometimes my Episcopalian mother. I never really felt at home there, and then finally I quit going even to youth group when I was 14 or 15. After that, I started looking for the place where I felt I should be, and eventually, I found out about the Orthodox Church, so here I am converting. I'm glad I found this site; I think it really will be helpful, and you all seem so cool and interesting! I can't wait to engage in other threads with you all :) By the way, if anyone is wondering about my username, the first part is because I love to stay up late and have such a bad habit of it, and the second part stands for extroverted iNtuition, which is the part of my personality that the excessive nighttime brain activity manifests through haha
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Mor Ephrem on February 18, 2017, 10:57:27 AM
Welcome! 
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Tom on February 18, 2017, 12:01:55 PM
Bonjour à tous,

My name is Tom. 
Thank you to all who prayed for my wife over the last few years.  She fell asleep in the Lord in 2015.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: RaphaCam on February 18, 2017, 07:24:43 PM
Bonjour à tous,

My name is Tom. 
  • I'm sixty-seven years old. 
  • I was chrismated into the Orthodox Church (Antiochian) in 1992. 
  • I am a widower.
  • I like to read:
    • Theology
    • Early Church History
    • Science Fiction
  • I study French, but I can read it much better than I can speak it.
Thank you to all who prayed for my wife over the last few years.  She fell asleep in the Lord in 2015.
God bless you, brother.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Olivia on February 18, 2017, 07:32:39 PM
Welcome to all the new members!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Diego on February 20, 2017, 10:37:15 PM
Hello, all. I am a returning member. I have been through some rather difficult times in the last few weeks. But things are better. Most of you know me reasonably well. I am that somewhat pesky LCMS Lutheran that comes around every so often. But, I must admit, you've all been fairly tolerant of me, aside from some discipline points I didn't think were fair, but so what? All is well.

So, what is going on in the world of Orthodoxy? My own parish in my city is facing some, well, issues. When our Pastor formally retires in about a year and a half, we, as the smallest of eight LCMS churches in the city, are going to be, well, pretty messed up. No Pastor is going to take a church whose turnout on a Sunday is about 25. Our current Pastor is retired, and does it for a pittance, but who else will?

We all may have to move to other, more functional parishes. That wouldn't be hard to do. Redeemer has for example, 1000 communicants. But seeing Bethany close her doors would be hard on all of us.

Anyway, I just thought I'd pop in. I hope all is going well. I shall be in soon. Take care.

Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Leraf on February 21, 2017, 06:20:03 PM
Hello, I'm Lukas, 25 years old and from Austria. Currently I'm a graduate student in Japanese studies at my local university. In my free time I like to read, mainly fantasy, science-fiction and history, and listen to music and some more things. I was baptized and grew up as a Roman Catholic, though my family didn't really go to chruch that regulary. With time I started to delve more into faith and grew apart from the RC church and somehow faith in general. Now in university I find my way back to believing and started looking into different beliefs, but always something kept pulling back to Orthodoxy. So I searched and found the first parish in my native language and feel like I found my place.

I hope your week goes all well :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Czekoladowy on March 10, 2017, 03:42:48 PM
Hello everyone  :)

My name is Michael, 22 years old and I come from Poland. As You can see, I am formally baptist, but I have been wholeheartedly interested in Orthodoxy for some time. I'm looking for harmony with ancient fathers, deep reflexion on spiritual life, full vision of Christian Church and I hope that I will find it in Orthodox Church. I'm happy that I have found such a place in the internet, where I can read about your faith and ask some questions.
And I make no bones about that I registered largly because I hope this will be a good way to improve my English skills (which I need mostly to be able to read about Orthodoxy and theology more efficiently  :P). So if You will notice some grammar errors or something simillar in my posts, don't be afraid to point out  ;)

PS: My nick in English means "someone made of chocolate" or "someone who is like chocolade"  ;D
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: RaphaCam on March 10, 2017, 03:53:05 PM
Hello everyone  :)

My name is Michael, 22 years old and I come from Poland. As You can see, I am formally baptist, but I have been wholeheartedly interested in Orthodoxy for some time. I'm looking for harmony with ancient fathers, deep reflexion on spiritual life, full vision of Christian Church and I hope that I will find it in Orthodox Church. I'm happy that I have found such a place in the internet, where I can read about your faith and ask some questions.
And I make no bones about that I registered largly because I hope this will be a good way to improve my English skills (which I need mostly to be able to read about Orthodoxy and theology more efficiently  :P ). So if You will notice some grammar errors or something simillar in my posts, don't be afraid to point out  ;)

PS: My nick in English means "someone made of chocolate" or "someone who is like chocolade"  ;D
Welcome! At least two users here (Dominika and myself) are from the Polish Orthodox Church, but I have never been to Poland and don't know anything in Polish, so you'll have to practice your English with me.  :P
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Dominika on March 10, 2017, 04:40:05 PM
Hello everyone  :)

My name is Michael, 22 years old and I come from Poland. As You can see, I am formally baptist, but I have been wholeheartedly interested in Orthodoxy for some time. I'm looking for harmony with ancient fathers, deep reflexion on spiritual life, full vision of Christian Church and I hope that I will find it in Orthodox Church. I'm happy that I have found such a place in the internet, where I can read about your faith and ask some questions.
And I make no bones about that I registered largly because I hope this will be a good way to improve my English skills (which I need mostly to be able to read about Orthodoxy and theology more efficiently  :P). So if You will notice some grammar errors or something simillar in my posts, don't be afraid to point out  ;)

PS: My nick in English means "someone made of chocolate" or "someone who is like chocolade"  ;D

At least 4th Polish member of oc.net bearing name "Michael" (including non-active ones ofc) ;)
Welcome :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Musicnerd88 on March 11, 2017, 01:48:05 PM
Hello everyone,

I go by my baptismal name, Maria.  I converted to Orthodoxy 4 years ago from Presbyterianism.  My journey to Orthodoxy started when I met, and started dating, my husband.  I was going through some medical issues at the time with little support from my family.  He and his God parents really helped me in a time of crisis.  After about a year, and not a few miracles, I started my catechumenate. I am 29, and have a degree in music education.  I'm an avid reader of whatever I can get my hands on, particularly history or historical fiction, and sci/fi.  I also delve into music composition on occasion.  I'm from the southern US and attend an Antiochian parish.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Asteriktos on March 17, 2017, 02:08:20 PM
Welcome to Michael, Maria, Lukas, Tom, Lepanto and whoever I may have missed, and welcome back Diego :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: AlioshaKaramazov on March 19, 2017, 07:35:47 PM
Hello everyone

My name is Mario. I'm a 20 years old Roman Catholic from Spain. Some months ago I started to doubt my RC faith and started inquiring into Orthodox Christianity, which I now believe is the authentic Christian faith. However, my personal and familiar situation keeps me from officially starting my conversion process at my nearest church. During these past months I have been reading a lot Orthodox materials including many threads and discussions on this forum. Until now I hadn't felt the need to post here, but there are some things that are causing me a lot of trouble and anxiety, and making me question Christianity altogether. I think it has to do with my traditionalist Roman Catholic background, combined with my scrupulosity and rigorist tendencies. I'm not Orthodox yet I'm already Hyperdoxing, despite being a great sinner. Anyway, I post hoping you can help me remove these stumbling blocks which are keeping me away from believing. I'll keep you informed on other threads. Please pray for me, a sinner.

Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Dominika on March 19, 2017, 07:43:54 PM
Hello everyone

My name is Mario. I'm a 20 years old Roman Catholic from Spain. Some months ago I started to doubt my RC faith and started inquiring into Orthodox Christianity, which I now believe is the authentic Christian faith. However, my personal and familiar situation keeps me from officially starting my conversion process at my nearest church. During these past months I have been reading a lot Orthodox materials including many threads and discussions on this forum. Until now I hadn't felt the need to post here, but there are some things that are causing me a lot of trouble and anxiety, and making me question Christianity altogether. I think it has to do with my traditionalist Roman Catholic background, combined with my scrupulosity and rigorist tendencies. I'm not Orthodox yet I'm already Hyperdoxing, despite being a great sinner. Anyway, I post hoping you can help me remove these stumbling blocks which are keeping me away from believing. I'll keep you informed on other threads. Please pray for me, a sinner.

Bienvienido - welcome! Please remember that we have also Spanish speaking forum here (http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/board,13.0.html) :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Helladius on May 18, 2017, 06:12:43 PM
Hello everyone  :)
I'm Helladius, a loooong time lurker finally surfacing as it would be nice to post on some of the threads & ask some questions from time to time! I'm quite shy, both on the internet & in real life, but have mustered the courage finally to try to get involved in some of the discussions here as I really enjoy reading them :)
What else to say? I'm a student, with a geeky interest in theology, religion, history, literature, music. I'm a cradle Orthodox, but only really started attending church regularly in the last few years. I thank God that He made that happen :) , and, though there are many blessings in my life, my relationship with God & participation (unworthy sinner though I definitely am) in His Church is the best thing in my life :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Asteriktos on May 18, 2017, 06:23:57 PM
Welcome :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: AlioshaKaramazov on May 18, 2017, 08:32:05 PM
Welcome!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Kleofas on September 21, 2017, 01:58:11 PM
Hello to all! (Dzień dobry dla rodaków, и здравствуте, товарищи!)

I am Kleofas. I’m a young (20s) Pole (Silesian) with an interest in Orthodoxy. Like most Poles (and Silesians), I’ve been brought up in the Catholic faith. At this point, I’m a practising Catholic who believes that the Orthodox are right. In short, my faith “status” is rather complicated.

I’m also a Slavophile with Russian tendencies, which is unusual for most Poles. I enjoy skiing (downhill), people’s music, film, and many other things in life.   

Anyway, I look forward to discussing Orthodoxy with the vibrant community of persons on this forum, especially my Polish compatriots and Slavic brothers.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Dominika on September 21, 2017, 02:08:20 PM
Hello to all! (Dzień dobry dla rodaków, и здравствуте, товарищи!)

I am Kleofas. I’m a young (20s) Pole (Silesian) with an interest in Orthodoxy. Like most Poles (and Silesians), I’ve been brought up in the Catholic faith. At this point, I’m a practising Catholic who believes that the Orthodox are right. In short, my faith “status” is rather complicated.

I’m also a Slavophile with Russian tendencies, which is unusual for most Poles. I enjoy skiing (downhill), people’s music, film, and many other things in life.   

Anyway, I look forward to discussing Orthodoxy with the vibrant community of persons on this forum, especially my Polish compatriots and Slavic brothers.

Witamy - welcome!
There used to be some active Polish members of the forum, there are some forumers of Polish descent, but for now I'm rather unique one here knowing Polish.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Kleofas on September 21, 2017, 02:20:18 PM
Hello to all! (Dzień dobry dla rodaków, и здравствуте, товарищи!)

I am Kleofas. I’m a young (20s) Pole (Silesian) with an interest in Orthodoxy. Like most Poles (and Silesians), I’ve been brought up in the Catholic faith. At this point, I’m a practising Catholic who believes that the Orthodox are right. In short, my faith “status” is rather complicated.

I’m also a Slavophile with Russian tendencies, which is unusual for most Poles. I enjoy skiing (downhill), people’s music, film, and many other things in life.   

Anyway, I look forward to discussing Orthodoxy with the vibrant community of persons on this forum, especially my Polish compatriots and Slavic brothers.

Witamy - welcome!
There used to be some active Polish members of the forum, there are some forumers of Polish descent, but for now I'm rather unique one here knowing Polish.

Bardzo miło poznać. Szczerze mówiąc, trudno jest znaleść prawosławnych na Śląsku (jest więcej wiernych w Sosnowcu, skoro tam jest jedyna parafia w całym województwie górnośląskim), więc ciesze się, że to się zapisałem.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Dominika on September 21, 2017, 02:26:35 PM
Hello to all! (Dzień dobry dla rodaków, и здравствуте, товарищи!)

I am Kleofas. I’m a young (20s) Pole (Silesian) with an interest in Orthodoxy. Like most Poles (and Silesians), I’ve been brought up in the Catholic faith. At this point, I’m a practising Catholic who believes that the Orthodox are right. In short, my faith “status” is rather complicated.

I’m also a Slavophile with Russian tendencies, which is unusual for most Poles. I enjoy skiing (downhill), people’s music, film, and many other things in life.   

Anyway, I look forward to discussing Orthodoxy with the vibrant community of persons on this forum, especially my Polish compatriots and Slavic brothers.

Witamy - welcome!
There used to be some active Polish members of the forum, there are some forumers of Polish descent, but for now I'm rather unique one here knowing Polish.

Bardzo miło poznać. Szczerze mówiąc, trudno jest znaleść prawosławnych na Śląsku (jest więcej wiernych w Sosnowcu, skoro tam jest jedyna parafia w całym województwie górnośląskim), więc ciesze się, że to się zapisałem.

Ah, please remember, that if you use there another language than English, you have to translate the word/sentence into English, exactly as you did in the 1st post. If you want to write in Polish or any other language, we have a special section for this: Foreign Language Forums, including Slavic languages (http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/board,14.0.html).
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Kleofas on September 21, 2017, 02:45:08 PM
Hello to all! (Dzień dobry dla rodaków, и здравствуте, товарищи!)

I am Kleofas. I’m a young (20s) Pole (Silesian) with an interest in Orthodoxy. Like most Poles (and Silesians), I’ve been brought up in the Catholic faith. At this point, I’m a practising Catholic who believes that the Orthodox are right. In short, my faith “status” is rather complicated.

I’m also a Slavophile with Russian tendencies, which is unusual for most Poles. I enjoy skiing (downhill), people’s music, film, and many other things in life.   

Anyway, I look forward to discussing Orthodoxy with the vibrant community of persons on this forum, especially my Polish compatriots and Slavic brothers.

Witamy - welcome!
There used to be some active Polish members of the forum, there are some forumers of Polish descent, but for now I'm rather unique one here knowing Polish.

Bardzo miło poznać. Szczerze mówiąc, trudno jest znaleść prawosławnych na Śląsku (jest więcej wiernych w Sosnowcu, skoro tam jest jedyna parafia w całym województwie górnośląskim), więc ciesze się, że to się zapisałem.

Ah, please remember, that if you use there another language than English, you have to translate the word/sentence into English, exactly as you did in the 1st post. If you want to write in Polish or any other language, we have a special section for this: Foreign Language Forums, including Slavic languages (http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/board,14.0.html).

Sorry, will do. I guess that I got a little carried away.

Translation of my previous post: It’s very nice to meet [you]. Frankly, it’s hard to find Orthodox [persons] in Silesia (there are more faithful in Sosnowiec, since the only parish in the Upper Silesian Voivodeship is located there), so I’m quite happy that I signed up [for this forum].
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: hecma925 on September 21, 2017, 08:36:43 PM
Welcome, Kleofas.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: RaphaCam on September 21, 2017, 09:59:39 PM
Hello to all! (Dzień dobry dla rodaków, и здравствуте, товарищи!)

I am Kleofas. I’m a young (20s) Pole (Silesian) with an interest in Orthodoxy. Like most Poles (and Silesians), I’ve been brought up in the Catholic faith. At this point, I’m a practising Catholic who believes that the Orthodox are right. In short, my faith “status” is rather complicated.

I’m also a Slavophile with Russian tendencies, which is unusual for most Poles. I enjoy skiing (downhill), people’s music, film, and many other things in life.   

Anyway, I look forward to discussing Orthodoxy with the vibrant community of persons on this forum, especially my Polish compatriots and Slavic brothers.

Witamy - welcome!
There used to be some active Polish members of the forum, there are some forumers of Polish descent, but for now I'm rather unique one here knowing Polish.

Bardzo miło poznać. Szczerze mówiąc, trudno jest znaleść prawosławnych na Śląsku (jest więcej wiernych w Sosnowcu, skoro tam jest jedyna parafia w całym województwie górnośląskim), więc ciesze się, że to się zapisałem.

Ah, please remember, that if you use there another language than English, you have to translate the word/sentence into English, exactly as you did in the 1st post. If you want to write in Polish or any other language, we have a special section for this: Foreign Language Forums, including Slavic languages (http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/board,14.0.html).

Sorry, will do. I guess that I got a little carried away.

Translation of my previous post: It’s very nice to meet [you]. Frankly, it’s hard to find Orthodox [persons] in Silesia (there are more faithful in Sosnowiec, since the only parish in the Upper Silesian Voivodeship is located there), so I’m quite happy that I signed up [for this forum].
Nice, another Polish Orthodox here, welcome. :) I must tell you I'm a fake Pole, though...
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Olivia on September 23, 2017, 04:23:38 AM
Welcome to all the newbies!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Nicodemusz138 on September 30, 2017, 05:13:01 AM
Hello everyone!, Nicodemusz here!

I browse this Forum for almost a year now, but only now I am finally here!, I chose this name because I read that St. Nicodemus is the patron saint of the curious.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Ainnir on September 30, 2017, 08:08:17 AM
Hello everyone!, Nicodemusz here!

I browse this Forum for almost a year now, but only now I am finally here!, I chose this name because I read that St. Nicodemus is the patron saint of the curious.

Welcome, Nicodemus.  :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: biro on September 30, 2017, 10:20:20 AM
Hello to the new people.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Vysha on October 04, 2017, 10:55:32 PM
I've visited this message board for some time and I finally got around to registering. This is my first post.

I don't have much to say about myself at the moment. I have a Protestant background but haven't attended church in years and am currently looking into Eastern Orthodoxy since it has challenged many of my religious presuppositions. Let's just say it's a lot to take in.

Cheers and God bless.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: tradne13838 on November 28, 2017, 03:15:36 AM
Hello. I am a Catechumen about to be received into Orthodoxy from a traditional Roman Catholic backround. This place seems pretty cool, and I love the chance to meet fellow Orthodox Christians, especially as I begin my spiritual path in the Church. I look forward to learning a lot. :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Porter ODoran on November 28, 2017, 01:29:42 PM
Welcome! We're glad to have you. :) May God bless your journey.

I'd offer a little advice: Be aware of the different sections here and their different uses. There are sections that are nothing but "fighting" for those who indulge that kind of debate (mea culpa), and these may not be the most fruitful sections.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Asteriktos on November 28, 2017, 02:20:46 PM
Welcome  :)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: tradne13838 on November 28, 2017, 11:43:22 PM
Welcome! We're glad to have you. :) May God bless your journey.

I'd offer a little advice: Be aware of the different sections here and their different uses. There are sections that are nothing but "fighting" for those who indulge that kind of debate (mea culpa), and these may not be the most fruitful sections.
I've noticed. Not too dissimilar to parts of traditional Roman boards being such places, sometimes being knock down, drag out battles. It's human nature, sadly.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: 123abc on December 04, 2017, 06:45:23 PM
Hello all. Longtime lurker but finally decided to join. I'm a former traditional Roman Catholic who entered the Orthodox Church in 2013.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Ainnir on December 04, 2017, 09:56:52 PM
Welcome, all!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: MariaJLM on December 13, 2017, 07:43:23 PM
Hi! I should have introduced myself sooner, but here goes. I'm a Canadian Orthodox convert who came into the faith from a non-religious background(and who ironically has ethnic roots in Orthodox countries). I'm also pretty much your average geek. Do not be surprised if I make references to Doctor Who and countless other well-known pop culture fandoms. I do tend to be a Slavophile, perhaps a bit of pride in rediscovering my own heritage that I grew up pretty disconnected from.

Other than that, there's not much to say so again, hello! 
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: biro on December 13, 2017, 10:33:42 PM
Hi there.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Iconodule on December 14, 2017, 11:08:14 AM
Hi Maria, welcome. I have a somewhat similar background- not raised in a religion, atheist most of my years, though I always found religions fascinating. Spent a fair amount of time in anarcho-communist/ Marxist circles, though, if you ask me, the identity politics stuff has very little to do with Marxism. It is more like dead-end bourgeois liberalism cannibalizing itself. Anyway, I spent some time as a Buddhist before coming to Orthodoxy. I would say "And I never looked back" but honestly I've looked back, left, right, up, and down but I'm still here.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: MariaJLM on December 14, 2017, 01:15:57 PM
Hi Maria, welcome. I have a somewhat similar background- not raised in a religion, atheist most of my years, though I always found religions fascinating. Spent a fair amount of time in anarcho-communist/ Marxist circles, though, if you ask me, the identity politics stuff has very little to do with Marxism. It is more like dead-end bourgeois liberalism cannibalizing itself. Anyway, I spent some time as a Buddhist before coming to Orthodoxy. I would say "And I never looked back" but honestly I've looked back, left, right, up, and down but I'm still here.

I'm guessing you read the massive blurb about my conversion then. I've quite been all over the place.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: BrotherInChrist on May 01, 2018, 02:49:08 PM
Hello everyone, obviously I'm a new member here so I thought I'd introduce myself a bit. I'm going to be a graduate student pretty soon, in a little over a month actually. I have been religious since maybe around middle school, though my journey towards Orthodox Christianity didn't really begin until high school. I started thinking about what denomination I wanted to be, and in my third year I discovered the doctrine of apostolic succession and became aware of who the Church Fathers were. After years of uncertainty, I've recently concluded based on my readings and understanding of doctrine that I want to become Orthodox. I found out about a church I can attend while in graduate school, so I'll be going there to take the first step.

Some of my personal interests include gaming, sports, politics, theology, history, and animals (especially cats). In my spare time I like to exercise, play video games, spend time with my cat, or read. I hope to have a good time on and be a good member of this forum.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Ainnir on May 01, 2018, 04:42:10 PM
Welcome!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Sampson on June 22, 2018, 01:19:19 AM
Long-time (years and years!) lurker, figured I should register an account. Modern social "forum" systems like Reddit and social media in general just don't do it for me with their short-term discussion format that disappears from front pages after a few days. Hopefully being around will be fruitful and not a source of logismoi  :-X
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Ainnir on June 22, 2018, 08:18:16 AM
Welcome the the forum!  Consider the stirring of the passions an opportunity to pray, and you'll be fine.  ;)
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Orthodox_Slav on June 22, 2018, 08:29:49 AM
welcome Sampson lucky you found this thread when I registered earlier this year I didn't know about this thread and never got to explain about myself :'(  :'(  :'(
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Dominika on June 22, 2018, 08:51:17 AM
Welcome, Sampson!

welcome Sampson lucky you found this thread when I registered earlier this year I didn't know about this thread and never got to explain about myself :'(  :'(  :'(
It's never too late.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Orthodox_Slav on June 22, 2018, 08:58:47 AM
right lads! so in a Russian Orthodox Christian, my parents are not that religious but I converted to the faith of my forefathers (Russians, cossacks, poles, Lithuanians) I am very devout as I only listen to Orthodox chants, only watch Christian films, don't play violent video games! I take very much pride in my religion and as my custom title says I'm a sinful servant of God        SLAVA BOGU (that is Glory To God for any non Slavs among us)

Gopsodi pomului!

Kyrie Eleison!

Lord have mercy!
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: RaphaCam on June 22, 2018, 11:05:41 AM
Are you American?
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Orthodox_Slav on June 22, 2018, 11:06:57 AM
Are you American?

no! that's an insane idea!  :o  :o  :o
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: RaphaCam on June 22, 2018, 11:10:02 AM
no! that's an insane idea!  :o :o :o
So where are you based? I thought you were based in Russia.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Orthodox_Slav on June 22, 2018, 11:12:21 AM
no! that's an insane idea!  :o :o :o
So where are you based? I thought you were based in Russia.

what you think I wasn't based in Russia?  ???
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: RaphaCam on June 22, 2018, 03:15:20 PM
Because one hardly hears people from the old world talking about their forefathers. I guess I overlooked/underestimated the ethnic diversity within Russia.
Title: Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
Post by: Orthodox_Slav on June 22, 2018, 03:18:29 PM
Because one hardly hears people from the old world talking about their forefathers. I guess I overlooked/underestimated the ethnic diversity within Russia.

oh uh haha... :-[