Greetings one and all!
I have been "lurking" for quite some time on the boards, and finally thought I would introduce myself.
First, and short and sweet bio. I wasn't really raised with any religious affiliation; my parents let me make that decision for myself. At the age of 14 or so, mainly because my two best friends at the time were musicians, and were playing accompaniment at this church, I joined a pentecostal Church of God. I was later baptized into this denomination; although looking back now, I really didn't have a firm enough grasp on their precepts to make such a monumentous decision.
A couple of years later, I converted to Catholicism (which is a story in itself), but later fell away from the church went I began going to college. While in college, I met several friends who were Episcopalian, and several years later joined that church.
I am in my 40's now, and due to what has been going in the Episcopal Church, I started looking around for another faith tradition. Literally, on a whim, I decided to attend an local Orthodox Church (GOA), and was completely blown away by the beautiful liturgy, and the sense of the sacred (which it seems most other faith traditions have tossed aside, I think). I met some nice people there, but wasn't really sure if I would ever "fit in"; the parish is VERY Greek..
One of the people that I met there suggested that I might want to try an OCA parish, which does its liturgy entirely in English, and whose congregants are about 75% converts. That was back in April, and I have since become a catechumen! My parish priest has tentatively scheduled my reception into the Church for sometime around Theophany. Everything I am learning in class seems to make so much sense, I really feel as though I have finally "come home"!
I look forward to chatting with everyone on the board. Please pray for me, my brothers and sisters, as I continue to learn about the faith!