One has to admit regardless of your politics, that Gov. Brown, now in his 70's, has led an interesting and varied life. For the benefit of our non-American readers and those who probably don't remember him from his younger days, Brown attended (I don't recall if he graduated) seminary but decided not to become a Catholic priest. Hence the reference to his'theological background'. He has also dabbled in other ascetic traditions although I never heard of him expressing any interest in Orthodoxy.