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 on: Today at 07:07:22 PM 
Started by xariskai - Last post by JamesR
I never know what to put in my coffee on fast days. I am doing an oldie but a goodie, hot coco mix with coffee.

non-dairy powdered creamer. As for sugar, I don't think that's prohibited, but you can always use Truvia or one of those alternatives which taste almost the same. Fortunately for me, I grew up on non-dairy powdered creamer since before I even became Orthodox because that was all my parents bought due to my dad's health or something.

I've never been one for straight milk in my coffee. It makes the coffee too cold.

 on: Today at 07:02:54 PM 
Started by biro - Last post by SolEX01
May God rest their souls.

 on: Today at 07:01:14 PM 
Started by Ebor - Last post by LBK
The only thing ignoble about vodka is the hangover if one overindulges. Though it's not as bad as ouzo hangovers, or, by a very long stretch, Chinese rice spirit. That's in a seriously ignoble class of its own.  Shocked Shocked Tongue

Cognac hangovers are far more deadly.

Nope. I've been ironed out on cognac before, but the Chinese spirit was unbelievably bad. The better part of three days of feeling like complete crap, to put it mildly. The perils of not wishing to offend generous Chinese hosts and their abundant hospitality ....

 on: Today at 06:59:38 PM 
Started by biro - Last post by Gamliel
Eternal be their memory.

 on: Today at 06:54:28 PM 
Started by Jude1:3 - Last post by Jonathan Gress
FWIW, I think the chance of this happening is still fairly remote in the US, since on balance, the government is still pretty libertarian about giving parents' discretion in how they bring up their kids, and the (Christian) religious right is still a political force to be reckoned with. The same can't be said about other Western countries, e.g. Germany has been cracking down on homeschoolers. Germany also tried to ban circumcision of infants, which would be unthinkable in this country. Though given the growing demographic strength of Islam in Europe, I wouldn't be surprised if a religious right returned to politics in an Islamist form.

 on: Today at 06:49:00 PM 
Started by Jude1:3 - Last post by Jonathan Gress
If the government has a right to tell Somalis not to mutilate their daughter's genitals, it seems a precedent has been set for the state to override deeply held beliefs and customs.

To be fair, I think that's a justified time for the state to intervene in society's deeply held beliefs and customs if there ever was one, although yes, the precedent is bad. Our society never wants to make distinctions between necessary intervention and unnecessary intervention, just as it doesn't want to make distinctions between peaceful religions and violent ones. Everything is the same because of that PC garbage. If the state intervenes once to stop something really bad like FGM, it means within the context of our lousy legal system that it can also intervene to tell families that they can't teach chastity to their kids, spank them, or do anything else that the PC culture doesn't like.

There's a clear difference between banning FGM and usurping a family's instruction of their kids.

For what it's worth, I think spanking and circumcision are bad ideas also.

If you believe that a particular kind of instruction is psychologically harmful, then no, there is no difference except of degree.

 on: Today at 06:47:52 PM 
Started by orthoreader - Last post by Pravoslavac
There is ONLY ONE Macedonian Orthodox Church, she is schismatic, and she is using old calendar.

The canonical one in Macedonia is Serbian Orthodox Church, also uses old calendar.

At last, thank you.

Interestingly why the non-canonical MOC hasn't switched to the RJC.

They like to think of themselves as very ancient and cool, but they are just schismatic losers who will be swallowed by Albanians. LOL XD

 on: Today at 06:46:09 PM 
Started by Trevorthodox - Last post by Pravoslavac
I have recently visited an Orthodox country and was delighted by the churches,  monasteries and holy relics.

So, I was suprised to hear expressed that somehow Orthodoxy there is equated with national identity as though they were one and the same.  That shouldn't be surprising but it does lead citizens to believe that Orthodoxy belongs within their national borders.  Orthodoxy is limited (sic) to a region of Europe and no one outside of that could be Orthodox!  So goes some people's thinking.

This is of course very frustrating for we who come from elsewhere!

Being a former protestant I quoted Ephesians 2:19-22 to them, chapter and verse... like granny used to do.

I get frustrated with this parochial insularity and nationaliism because God is a god of all nations,  not some local mountain god, and his message is for everyone.

We in Orthodox countries don't care what outsiders from heretical world think and do. None of our business.  Grin.

 on: Today at 06:44:58 PM 
Started by littlepilgrim64 - Last post by mike
I had a very long inquiry period. It all worked out in the end.

Including your apostasy in the meantime.


IIRC after becoming Orthodox you reverted back to Catholic Church and then BOOM back Orthodox again.

WRONG. In about 2012, I did get tired and depressed for a while, and changed my faith name on this forum. But I haven't set foot in a Roman Catholic Church since 2010. I was chrismated at St. George Greek Orthodox Church on Sep. 29, 2013. I still attend the same parish.


The correct phrase is "I'm sorry."

sorry for treating what you wrote on the forum as true. Won't make that mistake anymore.

 on: Today at 06:44:34 PM 
Started by biro - Last post by marigold
Memory eternal.

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