This is an open question to all converts and catechumens: what was the catalyst that first set you consciously on the path to Orthodoxy? Was it a person, an experience, a train of thought, a book? Were you aware of "looking for something" or did it happen unexpectedly?
Well, I'm no longer Orthodox, but it's interesting to think back on those times when I first discovered Orthodoxy. I had briefly been at one of my denomination's colleges, and had decided within months of arriving there that I couldn't be a fundamentalist anymore. This happened partially through reading and thinking about issues like scripture alone, inerrancy, the place of judging persons, faith alone, etc. However, some discussions at an online forum called theologyonline.com also played a significant part, and were what really allowed me to work things out in my head. Don't let anyone tell you that discussions on these forums never change anyone's mind--they changed my entire life. There's a chance that I might be a Wesleyan Holiness minister right now if it had not been for online discussions.
When I returned home from college after school let out, I had no idea what I believed as far as religious beliefs. At first, thinking that conservative fundamentalism didn't work, I thought I'd give the opposite end of the spectrum a shot. After read books by people like Marcus Borg and others, though, I decided that I couldn't at that time embrace that liberal form of spirituality either. I had rejected certain doctrines held by certain conservative denominations, and I even had come to the point where I questioned the existence of God to some degree, but I still held to a generally conservative world view for the most part.
Unfortunately, all I knew at the time was Protestantism (Lutherans, Calvinists, etc.), Anglicanism, and Catholicism. So I did what any geek would do when he had a problem in the year 2000: I looked on the internet for an answer. Specifically, I was looking for some conservative form of Christianity that I had, to that point, been unaware of. It wasn't long before I found out about Orthodoxy. Of course, one could argue that Orthodoxy is traditional and not conservative per se, but that's a discussion for another time; the point is, at the time, Orthodoxy seemed to be the possible solution that I was looking for.
It's sort of funny that I had never heard of Orthodoxy before. I grew up in a town of a few thousand people for most of my youth. There was an OCA Church in town, and also a Greek Catholic Church. I had walked past the OCA many times over the years, as it was on one of the streets that I took to get to one of the basketball courts I went to. Yet I had never really taken notice of Orthodoxy or Eastern Christianity. I had seen people doing processions outside the OCA Church, and still I had never noticed what exactly it was! I guess to me, as a kid and teenager, it was just another Church. Whenever I discovered Orthodoxy, though, that OCA Church was the first one I attended.
So anyway, that's how I first came into contact with Orthodoxy. As probably with most people, so to with me, the conversion process is a whole story by itself. And in my case, I actually left off pursuing Orthodoxy for a while and had to refind the Orthodox Church in some sense.