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« Reply #45 on: November 09, 2011, 10:28:53 PM »

The only thing worse than Satan in my parish as a child was the Pope,

I know right, all those Orthodox being lead astray by all those unbiblical idolotrous beliefs without even getting the benefit of a Pope to blame it on. Believing everything the Pope teaches except for the Pope himself, that's just silly. Why would anyone in their right mind wanna do that?
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« Reply #46 on: November 10, 2011, 12:00:51 AM »

My former FOC was and I can only assume still is a wonderful man, but shortly after I moved back to California from Oregon, he moved from Oregon to Alaska. So, funnily enough, it hasn't come up. I didn't go through any of the formal steps to get my name removed from the books or anything. Just bided my time quietly, waiting for the move to New Mexico and trying to avoid any of the Catholics I know (not an easy thing to do in my part of California).

My father, on the other hand...Lord have mercy...that is an entirely different matter!  Shocked
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« Reply #47 on: November 10, 2011, 12:27:39 AM »

My pastor I had as a child died about fifteen years ago.

But I am such a catch that even though I wasn't Christian since the age of 12ish, my pastor's son who is now the pastor of that parish I was in wouldn't release my Baptismal certificate.

It was all kittens and buttons till he ostensibly did an internet search on where I was going now. The only thing worse than Satan in my parish as a child was the Pope, who knows how the new pastor parsed Orthodoxy.

My certificate was basically ready to go with lotsa: glad you are finally going back to church talk. Then many months of backs and forths with no release of Baptismal certificate.

I am just that darn lovable.





that's hilarious, but also kind of sad for  the poor pastor trying to find out whatever the heck you got yourself into and find out away to hold on to you. I find that moving and commendable thing to do if you see it from his perspective. but Glory to God that he got to give back the Baptismal certificate, and also know a bit about Orthodoxy in that research he did. who knows where it will lead him ?
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« Reply #48 on: November 11, 2011, 10:37:16 AM »

I'll be visiting with my priest thanksgiving week so I'll let everyone know what is said. 
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« Reply #49 on: November 12, 2011, 03:30:27 PM »



Both pastors came out of Stone-Campbellite churches, but I suppose this church was something along the lines of emergent.  Maybe?  I don't know.  We kind of cherry picked from traditions, using a fair bit from the Book of Common Prayer and there was a social justice element.  The pastor that made the comment about neoplatonism certainly isn't Calvinist.  To be honest, I don't know what neoplatonism even is.  I just knew his statement was a bit of a parting shot.

Makes sense. The Stone-Campbell tradition is very anti-philosophical and tends to take the approach that traditional Christianity in general is too influenced by Platonism, and this perspective is shared by many Protestants. On the other hand, Prof. Fred Norris of Emmanuel School of Religion is a big fan of the Cappadocian Fathers and the Eastern Christian tradition generally, and he's a "Campbellite" teaching at a Campbellite school.

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« Reply #50 on: November 12, 2011, 10:37:45 PM »

A funny thing, we just recently told our new priest the name of the pastor of our former church. Not only do they know each other, but had a great relationship! (I would insert the smiley with the buggy eyes if I knew how, right here!) The world is sometimes a bit small. It never pays to say something negative about someone else.
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« Reply #51 on: November 13, 2011, 12:40:37 AM »

Both pastors came out of Stone-Campbellite churches, but I suppose this church was something along the lines of emergent.  Maybe?  I don't know.  We kind of cherry picked from traditions, using a fair bit from the Book of Common Prayer and there was a social justice element.  The pastor that made the comment about neoplatonism certainly isn't Calvinist.  To be honest, I don't know what neoplatonism even is.  I just knew his statement was a bit of a parting shot.

Makes sense. The Stone-Campbell tradition is very anti-philosophical and tends to take the approach that traditional Christianity in general is too influenced by Platonism, and this perspective is shared by many Protestants. On the other hand, Prof. Fred Norris of Emmanuel School of Religion is a big fan of the Cappadocian Fathers and the Eastern Christian tradition generally, and he's a "Campbellite" teaching at a Campbellite school.

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Interesting.  The pastor that was supportive is an ESR graduate.
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« Reply #52 on: November 22, 2011, 11:05:34 PM »

I'll be visiting with my priest thanksgiving week so I'll let everyone know what is said. 

Not much was mentioned in our conversation today.  I mentioned my attraction to Orthodoxy and he said both churches have the same sacraments and though both churches have a long way to become one they are starting to get along.  I chose to leave it at that............................ Huh
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« Reply #53 on: November 22, 2011, 11:08:25 PM »

I'll be visiting with my priest thanksgiving week so I'll let everyone know what is said. 

Not much was mentioned in our conversation today.  I mentioned my attraction to Orthodoxy and he said both churches have the same sacraments and though both churches have a long way to become one they are starting to get along.  I chose to leave it at that............................ Huh
I've heard a lot of RC to Orthodox stuff like that. Some people at my church are trying to "console" me and tell me about the similarities between the Orthodox Church and the RCC. As if I'm joining against my will!

Ah well... Smiley
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« Reply #54 on: November 22, 2011, 11:40:10 PM »

My current pastor is my father. His reactions haven't been the greatest, but they're better than a lot of what I've seen in this thread. It'll be interesting to see if he releases my Baptismal certificate when the time comes for that.
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« Reply #55 on: November 26, 2011, 01:45:57 AM »

I haven't yet told the pastors at either of the Methodist churches I attend (or have attended) about my interest in Orthodoxy, but I've never heard them say bad things about Orthodox (or Catholics--which are much more common to hear diatribes about here in the US). They seem to be the kind who want people to get closer to God no matter what church they attend.

As for my parents, they told me they'd love and support me no matter what church I ended up in.

I suppose I should consider myself blessed. Smiley
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