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Introduction thread for new and old members
« on: October 22, 2013, 05:41:56 PM »
This is a thread when new (and old users) can introduce themselves to the forum.

I am 23. I study Robotics. I am a Belarusian from Poland.

It can be stuck or whatever.

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2013, 05:55:50 PM »
I'm surprised that there wasn't a thread like this before.  Oh well.

I'm 19 years old, study Classics and I'm a Dutchman from the Netherlands.
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2013, 06:01:45 PM »
I'm Achronos (Alex), OC.net's attention whore par excellence.

I am 25.

My current job I am afforded the luxury of sitting in a cubicle all day sorting through Excel cells while risking my company thousands of dollars daily.

I just moved to Pittsburgh PA back in May, more so for spiritual reasons.

I like to think I am an artist when I want to be. My mind is always thinking creatively, I love painting, photography, graphic design, music, writing, literature, etc.

I went to school for 2 years, got seriously disillusioned with it and also was in a toxic relationship that almost ended in marriage (maybe a bullet later on).

I have on and off depression about my future, know exactly what I want to do but worried about not financially making ends meet if I was to do some art fulltime. I know I have the talents and skills to be successful and hope one day I will be recognized for them.

I post on online message boards because I can still socialize and talk with people about subjects that interest me, because it's difficult to have those random encounters with people that like the same stuff I do, so message boards are a good outlet for me to get out what's on my mind.

Everyday I want to learn something new or gain some wisdom. I never want to stop being competitive with other people, and I don't accept mediocrity of myself which is why I am a perfectionist. Anything someone can do, I will work hard to do better than them.
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2013, 01:00:32 PM »
nice to hear more about u all.
i am mabsoota (happy) and my hobbies are going to church and reading arabic books in public places.

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2013, 01:07:06 PM »
my hobbies are...reading arabic books in public places.

LOL. 

I can't read Arabic, but after 9-11, I got annoyed at all the strange looks I'd get just for being brown while downtown, so I'd buy an Arabic newspaper and look at it while drinking coffee at a cafe.  A lot of fun can be had for very little money if you're creative.   
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2013, 01:34:05 PM »
I'm age 34.  I work in insurance doing litigation management and settlement negotiation of injury claims.

I am married and have two darling daughters.

Hobbies include miniature wargaming, computer games and watching (American) football.
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2013, 01:40:28 PM »
Hello, Greetings from Texas

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2013, 01:54:18 PM »
Oh well.

I'm a Finn and twentysomething. I study comparative religion but at the moment I'm working for my civilian service in a state office. I'm hoping to get hired there also after my service is finished.

I spend too much time on internet and dream of having a dog, studying arabic and moving abroad.

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2013, 02:08:19 PM »
I am in my early 30s.  I teach social studies in a public high school.  I live in the broader Four Corners region of the Southwestern United States.  I am originally from the Midwest.  I was raised in a rather conservative household.  I was raised a Calvinist in the Dutch Reformed tradition.  I am a committed member of a Protestant congregation.  I study Orthodoxy in my free time.  I own the books even a pious cradle Orthodox would never read and it doesn't do me much good.  I am married with no children.

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2013, 02:12:57 PM »
My name's Fred.  I work in sales for a Title Insurance company.

I love and "do" art and am a huge fan of the humanities.  I'm a big jazz music fan and sports fan (baseball, football (soccer), college football, hockey and basketball). I'm also an avid reader and have a nice collection, relatively speaking.

I speak Spanish (since I'm Hispanic from Central America), some Italian, French and am learning Greek (very slowly).

I went from Roman Catholicism, to Gnosticism, to "nothingism", back to Roman Catholicism, Eastern Catholicism and finally home to the Holy Orthodox Church.  There is nothing, and I truly mean, nothing like Orthodoxy.  Having studied philosophy, Roman Catholic Theology and Gnosticism, I can safely say that there is nothing like Orthodox Christian Theology: It is THE TRUTH!

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2013, 02:13:30 PM »
My name's Fred.  I work in sales for a Title Insurance company.

I love and "do" art and am a huge fan of the humanities.  I'm a big jazz music fan and sports fan (baseball, football (soccer), college football, hockey and basketball). I'm also an avid reader and have a nice collection, relatively speaking.

I speak Spanish (since I'm Hispanic from Central America), some Italian, French and am learning Greek (very slowly).

I went from Roman Catholicism, to Gnosticism, to "nothingism", back to Roman Catholicism, Eastern Catholicism and finally home to the Holy Orthodox Church.  There is nothing, and I truly mean, nothing like Orthodoxy.  Having studied philosophy, Roman Catholic Theology and Gnosticism, I can safely say that there is nothing like Orthodox Christian Theology: It is THE TRUTH!
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #11 on: October 25, 2013, 02:14:45 PM »
You young whippersnappers, never you mind how old I am!

I live in the South in Atlanta, GA with my husband, my mother and an Australian Shepherd who has done a great job of training all of us to give her dog snacks on demand.

I work for a church organization, writing and editing. For which I make very little money, but I like it a lot.

My husband runs a food program for the homeless, and is active in prison ministry (he makes even less than I do!)

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« Reply #12 on: October 25, 2013, 04:33:30 PM »
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Do you mind if I send you a PM?

Go for it dude!
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #13 on: October 27, 2013, 09:20:38 AM »
my hobbies are (...) reading arabic books in public places.

That's what's supposed to be my hobby now. But even worse: I should read them aloud. Because this academic year I finally started the Arabic Studies at Warsaw University. And I have problems with some sounds and, more, with nice linking of the words, as it has to be; I don't have probelms with recognizing the letters, as I've been writting and reading (slowly, with vocalisation) Arabic for a few years.

Anyway: my name is obvious, my father is Serbian and the mother is Polish (Roman Catholic). I came back to the faith of my fathers almost 2 years ago. I'm 22 and live in Poland. Probably my writting style and appearance look serious, but I'm not such person ;)

There are many things I love (handsome men, my friends, chocolate, kebab, wine, rakija, old cartoons, dancing in a way I feel the music, byzantine and Oriental Orthodox chants, sometimes being in the centre of attention, Lost Tv series, travelling, writting, speaking and gesticulating too much, the district I live in Warsaw etc. etc.)
and few things I hate (too much shorten services and lack of their proper order - I mean the scheduling, concerts during Divine Liturgy, ignorance in regard with Orthodoxy and Christians from Arab speaking countries, sayings that Kosovo is not Serbian, parties without dancing, sermons in Russian Polish Orthodox Church - fortunately they're very rare in my parish, and such stuff).

Oh, and I'm a single. And don't want to be a nun.
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #14 on: October 27, 2013, 12:22:12 PM »
There are many things I love (handsome men...)

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Oh, and I'm a single. And don't want to be a nun.

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #15 on: October 27, 2013, 12:45:48 PM »
Oh, and I'm a single. And don't want to be a nun.

I'm warning you again. The march of desperate Orthodox single men is on the way.


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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #16 on: October 27, 2013, 12:56:21 PM »
My name's Donna. I am 40 and I work in customer service. I'm originally from Queens, New York.

I like art, music and hockey.  :)
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #17 on: October 27, 2013, 02:14:04 PM »
My name is Jeremy. I am significantly older than some of you and probably significantly younger than others. I am a recent convert to Orthodoxy from Roman Catholicism. I live in the desert southwest of the United States, where I work through the local university designing and grading exams for Linguistics courses that are taught there, since that's what my degree is in (Linguistics, not exam design). I don't have a fancy ethnic or national background like the rest of you, so I'm not sure what else I should write.

Oh, in addition to English, I speak Spanish more-or-less natively (since age 4 or so; my grandmother came to this country from Mexico and eventually married a white guy, so she never taught my dad or his brother, but she taught me...different attitudes for different times, I guess), as well as a little Russian (6-7 years of study in and out of classrooms; I've forgotten a lot since then, though), Arabic (1 year classroom instruction + naturalistic learning via church, though not as much as you might think since 80% of our liturgy is in English here; I can give the responses and follow along with everything, but don't ask me for anything extemporaneous!), plus bits and pieces of a few other languages I guess I can technically say I've studied for work or in the process of getting my degree (Coptic, Lithuanian, Amharic, etc).

I like pugs, sleep, and non-fasting food. :-[ Currently I have none of these things. Life can be difficult.

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #18 on: October 27, 2013, 02:35:06 PM »
I don't have a fancy ethnic or national background like the rest of you
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #19 on: October 27, 2013, 02:43:34 PM »
That is not fancy at all. That's the majority of this city. It's not quite like being Belarusian in Poland. :)

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #20 on: October 27, 2013, 02:47:36 PM »
That is not fancy at all. That's the majority of this city. It's not quite like being Belarusian in Poland. :)

Dude, even generic White American is an exotic ethnicity. Combining it with other ethnicities and/or culture takes it to a whole another level.

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #21 on: October 27, 2013, 02:53:40 PM »
I don't really understand what you mean, but it's a subject for another thread anyway. I only wrote that because I didn't know what else to write and somebody in this thread mentioned how they speak Spanish. There aren't very many Spanish-speaking Orthodox (though there are more than there used to be thanks to the newer churches in Mexico, Bolivia, Guatemala, etc.), so I figured I should come out and identify myself as one too. :-\

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #22 on: October 27, 2013, 02:56:30 PM »
we think u are cool!
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #23 on: October 27, 2013, 02:57:46 PM »
we think u are cool!
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At least I do  :)
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #24 on: October 27, 2013, 03:00:55 PM »
I don't really understand what you mean, but it's a subject for another thread anyway.

I'm a Finn and I live in Finland. Not much White Americans or Mexican-Americans here. Hence the exotics.

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #25 on: October 27, 2013, 03:03:48 PM »
but your country is awesomely beautiful and your language sounds like angels laughing.

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #26 on: October 27, 2013, 03:08:50 PM »
but your country is awesomely beautiful and your language sounds like angels laughing.

Why thank you. Have you been here? :)

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #27 on: October 27, 2013, 03:10:17 PM »
no, saw lots of photos. it's on my list, but i need to go back to africa 1st
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #28 on: October 27, 2013, 03:13:16 PM »
As much as I hate to disagree with Mabsoota about anything (after all, she's no doubt right about this), I cannot separate the sound of spoken Finnish from my childhood memories of my mother's Finnish best friend yelling at her children in her native language whenever they did something wrong and she wanted to scold them in front of company (us) without us knowing what she was actually saying. I understand the logic at work, but that really doesn't make it any less awkward. Finnish, the language and the tiny but fiery women who yell it, is just plain scary.

Too funny not to edit to include: Going around the nerdy/language side of the internet is the following fake IM "chat" between Finnish and other languages of Europe.

What do you mean Finnish is difficult?

    English: A dog
    Swedish: What
    English: The dog
    English: Two dogs
    Swedish:
    Swedish:
    Swedish: En hund, hunden
    Swedish: Två hundar, hundarna
    German:
    English: No, go away
    Swedish: No one invited you
    German: Der Hund
    English: I said go away
    German: Ein Hund, zwei Hunde
    Swedish: Stop it
    German: Den Hund, einen Hund, dem Hund, einem Hund, des Hundes, eines Hundes, den Hunden, der Hunden
    Finnish: Sup
    English: NO
    Swedish: NO
    German: NO
    Finnish:
    English:
    German:
    Swedish:
    Finnish: Koira, koiran, koiraa, koiran again, koirassa, koirasta, koiraan, koiralla, koiralta, koiralle, koirana, koiraksi, koiratta, koirineen, koirin
    German:
    Swedish:
    Finnish:
    English:
    Finnish: Aaaand... koirasi, koirani, koiransa, koiramme, koiranne, koiraani, koiraasi, koiraansa, koiraamme, koiraanne, koirassani, koirassasi, koirassansa, koirassamme, koirassanne, koirastani, koirastasi, koirastansa, koirastamme, koirastanne, koirallani, koirallasi, koirallansa, koirallamme, koirallanne, koiranani, koiranasi, koiranansa, koiranamme, koirananne, koirakseni, koiraksesi, koiraksensa, koiraksemme, koiraksenne, koirattani, koirattasi, koirattansa, koirattamme, koirattanne, koirineni, koirinesi, koirinensa, koirinemme, koirinenne
    English:
    Swedish:
    German:
    Finnish: Wait! then theres koirakaan, koirankaan, koiraakaan, koirassakaan, koirastakaan, koiraankaan, koirallakaan, koiraltakaan, koirallekaan, koiranakaan, koiraksikaan, koirattakaan, koirineenkaan, koirinkaan, koirako, koiranko, koiraako, koirassako, koirastako, koiraanko, koirallako, koiraltako, koiralleko, koiranako, koiraksiko, koirattako, koirineenko, koirinko, koirasikaan, koiranikaan, koiransakaan, koirammekaan, koirannekaan, koiraanikaan, koiraasikaan, koiraansakaan, koiraammekaan, koiraannekaan, koirassanikaan, koirassasikaan, koirassansakaan, koirassammekaan, koirassannekaan, koirastanikaan, koirastasikaan, koirastansakaan, koirastammekaan, koirastannekaan, koirallanikaan, koirallasikaan, koirallansakaan, koirallammekaan, koirallannekaan, koirananikaan, koiranasikaan, koiranansakaan, koiranammekaan, koiranannekaan, koiraksenikaan, koiraksesikaan, koiraksensakaan, koiraksemmekaan, koiraksennekaan, koirattanikaan, koirattasikaan, koirattansakaan, koirattammekaan, koirattannekaan, koirinenikaan, koirinesikaan, koirinensakaan, koirinemmekaan, koirinennekaan, koirasiko, koiraniko, koiransako, koirammeko, koiranneko, koiraaniko, koiraasiko, koiraansako, koiraammeko, koiraanneko, koirassaniko, koirassasiko, koirassansako, koirassammeko, koirassanneko, koirastaniko, koirastasiko, koirastansako, koirastammeko, koirastanneko, koirallaniko, koirallasiko, koirallansako, koirallammeko, koirallanneko, koirananiko, koiranasiko, koiranansako, koiranammeko, koirananneko, koirakseniko, koiraksesiko, koiraksensako, koiraksemmeko, koiraksenneko, koirattaniko, koirattasiko, koirattansako, koirattammeko, koirattanneko, koirineniko, koirinesiko, koirinensako, koirinemmeko, koirinenneko, koirasikaanko, koiranikaanko, koiransakaanko, koirammekaanko, koirannekaanko, koiraanikaanko, koiraasikaanko, koiraansakaanko, koiraammekaanko, koiraannekaanko, koirassanikaanko, koirassasikaanko, koirassansakaanko, koirassammekaanko, koirassannekaanko, koirastanikaanko, koirastasikaanko, koirastansakaanko, koirastammekaanko, koirastannekaanko, koirallanikaanko, koirallasikaanko, koirallansakaanko, koirallammekaanko, koirallannekaanko, koirananikaanko, koiranasikaanko, koiranansakaanko, koiranammekaanko, koiranannekaanko, koiraksenikaanko, koiraksesikaanko, koiraksensakaanko, koiraksemmekaanko, koiraksennekaanko, koirattanikaanko, koirattasikaanko, koirattansakaanko, koirattammekaanko, koirattannekaanko, koirinenikaanko, koirinesikaanko, koirinensakaanko, koirinemmekaanko, koirinennekaanko, koirasikokaan, koiranikokaan, koiransakokaan, koirammekokaan, koirannekokaan, koiraanikokaan, koiraasikokaan, koiraansakokaan, koiraammekokaan, koiraannekokaan, koirassanikokaan, koirassasikokaan, koirassansakokaan, koirassammekokaan, koirassannekokaan, koirastanikokaan, koirastasikokaan, koirastansakokaan, koirastammekokaan, koirastannekokaan, koirallanikokaan, koirallasikokaan, koirallansakokaan, koirallammekokaan, koirallannekokaan, koirananikokaan, koiranasikokaan, koiranansakokaan, koiranammekokaan, koiranannekokaan, koiraksenikokaan, koiraksesikokaan, koiraksensakokaan, koiraksemmekokaan, koiraksennekokaan, koirattanikokaan, koirattasikokaan, koirattansakokaan, koirattammekokaan, koirattannekokaan, koirinenikokaan, koirinesikokaan, koirinensakokaan, koirinemmekokaan, koirinennekokaan
    Swedish:
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    English: Okay, now you're just making things up!
    Finnish:
    Finnish: And now the plural forms...
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #29 on: October 27, 2013, 03:18:07 PM »
My name's Donna. I am 40 and I work in customer service. I'm originally from Queens, New York.

I like art, music and hockey.  :)
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #30 on: October 27, 2013, 03:28:47 PM »
What do you mean Finnish is difficult?

    English: A dog
    Swedish: What
    English: The dog
    English: Two dogs
    Swedish:
    Swedish:
    Swedish: En hund, hunden
    Swedish: Två hundar, hundarna
    German:
    English: No, go away
    Swedish: No one invited you
    German: Der Hund
    English: I said go away
    German: Ein Hund, zwei Hunde
    Swedish: Stop it
    German: Den Hund, einen Hund, dem Hund, einem Hund, des Hundes, eines Hundes, den Hunden, der Hunden
    Finnish: Sup
    English: NO
    Swedish: NO
    German: NO
    Finnish:
    English:
    German:
    Swedish:
    Finnish: Koira, koiran, koiraa, koiran again, koirassa, koirasta, koiraan, koiralla, koiralta, koiralle, koirana, koiraksi, koiratta, koirineen, koirin
    German:
    Swedish:
    Finnish:
    English:
    Finnish: Aaaand... koirasi, koirani, koiransa, koiramme, koiranne, koiraani, koiraasi, koiraansa, koiraamme, koiraanne, koirassani, koirassasi, koirassansa, koirassamme, koirassanne, koirastani, koirastasi, koirastansa, koirastamme, koirastanne, koirallani, koirallasi, koirallansa, koirallamme, koirallanne, koiranani, koiranasi, koiranansa, koiranamme, koirananne, koirakseni, koiraksesi, koiraksensa, koiraksemme, koiraksenne, koirattani, koirattasi, koirattansa, koirattamme, koirattanne, koirineni, koirinesi, koirinensa, koirinemme, koirinenne
    English:
    Swedish:
    German:
    Finnish: Wait! then theres koirakaan, koirankaan, koiraakaan, koirassakaan, koirastakaan, koiraankaan, koirallakaan, koiraltakaan, koirallekaan, koiranakaan, koiraksikaan, koirattakaan, koirineenkaan, koirinkaan, koirako, koiranko, koiraako, koirassako, koirastako, koiraanko, koirallako, koiraltako, koiralleko, koiranako, koiraksiko, koirattako, koirineenko, koirinko, koirasikaan, koiranikaan, koiransakaan, koirammekaan, koirannekaan, koiraanikaan, koiraasikaan, koiraansakaan, koiraammekaan, koiraannekaan, koirassanikaan, koirassasikaan, koirassansakaan, koirassammekaan, koirassannekaan, koirastanikaan, koirastasikaan, koirastansakaan, koirastammekaan, koirastannekaan, koirallanikaan, koirallasikaan, koirallansakaan, koirallammekaan, koirallannekaan, koirananikaan, koiranasikaan, koiranansakaan, koiranammekaan, koiranannekaan, koiraksenikaan, koiraksesikaan, koiraksensakaan, koiraksemmekaan, koiraksennekaan, koirattanikaan, koirattasikaan, koirattansakaan, koirattammekaan, koirattannekaan, koirinenikaan, koirinesikaan, koirinensakaan, koirinemmekaan, koirinennekaan, koirasiko, koiraniko, koiransako, koirammeko, koiranneko, koiraaniko, koiraasiko, koiraansako, koiraammeko, koiraanneko, koirassaniko, koirassasiko, koirassansako, koirassammeko, koirassanneko, koirastaniko, koirastasiko, koirastansako, koirastammeko, koirastanneko, koirallaniko, koirallasiko, koirallansako, koirallammeko, koirallanneko, koirananiko, koiranasiko, koiranansako, koiranammeko, koirananneko, koirakseniko, koiraksesiko, koiraksensako, koiraksemmeko, koiraksenneko, koirattaniko, koirattasiko, koirattansako, koirattammeko, koirattanneko, koirineniko, koirinesiko, koirinensako, koirinemmeko, koirinenneko, koirasikaanko, koiranikaanko, koiransakaanko, koirammekaanko, koirannekaanko, koiraanikaanko, koiraasikaanko, koiraansakaanko, koiraammekaanko, koiraannekaanko, koirassanikaanko, koirassasikaanko, koirassansakaanko, koirassammekaanko, koirassannekaanko, koirastanikaanko, koirastasikaanko, koirastansakaanko, koirastammekaanko, koirastannekaanko, koirallanikaanko, koirallasikaanko, koirallansakaanko, koirallammekaanko, koirallannekaanko, koirananikaanko, koiranasikaanko, koiranansakaanko, koiranammekaanko, koiranannekaanko, koiraksenikaanko, koiraksesikaanko, koiraksensakaanko, koiraksemmekaanko, koiraksennekaanko, koirattanikaanko, koirattasikaanko, koirattansakaanko, koirattammekaanko, koirattannekaanko, koirinenikaanko, koirinesikaanko, koirinensakaanko, koirinemmekaanko, koirinennekaanko, koirasikokaan, koiranikokaan, koiransakokaan, koirammekokaan, koirannekokaan, koiraanikokaan, koiraasikokaan, koiraansakokaan, koiraammekokaan, koiraannekokaan, koirassanikokaan, koirassasikokaan, koirassansakokaan, koirassammekokaan, koirassannekokaan, koirastanikokaan, koirastasikokaan, koirastansakokaan, koirastammekokaan, koirastannekokaan, koirallanikokaan, koirallasikokaan, koirallansakokaan, koirallammekokaan, koirallannekokaan, koirananikokaan, koiranasikokaan, koiranansakokaan, koiranammekokaan, koiranannekokaan, koiraksenikokaan, koiraksesikokaan, koiraksensakokaan, koiraksemmekokaan, koiraksennekokaan, koirattanikokaan, koirattasikokaan, koirattansakokaan, koirattammekokaan, koirattannekokaan, koirinenikokaan, koirinesikokaan, koirinensakokaan, koirinemmekokaan, koirinennekokaan
    Swedish:
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    English: Okay, now you're just making things up!
    Finnish:
    Finnish: And now the plural forms...

Thank you. Now you understand why I'll never learn how to use articles and prepositions properly. Cases are so much easier.

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« Reply #31 on: October 27, 2013, 03:38:32 PM »
Tell that to the English-speaking student of Finnish. :P

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #32 on: October 27, 2013, 03:45:10 PM »
My name's Donna. I am 40 and I work in customer service. I'm originally from Queens, New York.

I like art, music and hockey.  :)
What kind of art?

Contemporary and pop art. :)
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #33 on: October 27, 2013, 03:52:59 PM »
My name's Donna. I am 40 and I work in customer service. I'm originally from Queens, New York.

I like art, music and hockey.  :)
What kind of art?

Contemporary and pop art. :)

"art"

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #34 on: October 27, 2013, 03:55:29 PM »
Tell that to the English-speaking student of Finnish. :P

Well for starters nobody talks like that in the real world. That kind of lists are fairly artificially constructed. Also, people will undertand you despite possible mistakes with cases. You might get few smiles due to funny grammar but then again it's not that serious. :)

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« Reply #35 on: October 27, 2013, 05:04:16 PM »
That is not fancy at all. That's the majority of this city. It's not quite like being Belarusian in Poland. :)

My ancestors didn't move anywhere. Poland came to them.

Thank you. Now you understand why I'll never learn how to use articles and prepositions properly. Cases are so much easier.

How many have you got? 50?

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« Reply #36 on: October 27, 2013, 05:28:25 PM »
I'm 32 years old. I have taught in secondary schools for the past 9 years (1 year as a science teacher, and 8 as a math teacher).

I'm currently in my tenth year in education, working as a coordinator of a night school program, which includes both teaching and guidance counseling duties. This spring and summer, I will also be teaching dual credit courses: College success 101, and Logic and Reasoning (an intro philosophy course).

I am just about to finish my M.A. in Philosophy, that is, as long as my thesis is accepted in December. After that I will take Latin courses to prepare for the Latin competency exam. Additionally, I will be getting ready to take the GRE.

My long term goal is to earn a PhD in philosophy with an emphasis in the Catholic philosophical tradition, and I would eventually like to become a professor of philosophy at a Catholic university (hopefully not too pie-in-the-sky).

In the mean time, I will be applying to teach intro level philosophy courses at the local University and Community college.

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #37 on: October 27, 2013, 05:33:41 PM »
How many have you got? 50?

Had too google this but apparently we have 15. It's just that we can combine them together. For example:

pöytä - table
pöydällä - on the table
pöydällänsä - on his/her table
pöydällänsäkään - not on his/her table either

etc.
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #38 on: October 28, 2013, 05:51:58 AM »
Hello there,

I'm a 19-year-old Russian-American, born and raised in Johnson's Polar Bear Garden.

Currently, I'm unemployed, doing my college's General Education Requirements, and completely unsure of where my life is headed. If all else fails, I might just end up becoming a commercial fisherman like everyone else around me. I've already got a salmon permit headed my way and, considering that there is only ever some 700 of those particular ones floating around, they aren't exactly cheap.
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #39 on: October 28, 2013, 07:57:04 AM »
Well,
Im Henry and I'm a 34 yr old in Virginia and this is my 2nd year as a teacher. I teach Information Systems at my old high school. I was a network engineer who left the industry briefly and tried my hand at insurance. I ditched insurance after I realized it sucked.

I have quite a few hobbies. Cooking, fishing, reading, ancient history, I love cleaning, dating, and collecting ancient coins, Im a musician (jazz and blues bass mostly, but getting into ancient music), martial arts, wrestling (the real kind), soccer, paper and dice role playing games, and Im a huge video gamer.

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #40 on: October 28, 2013, 08:10:17 AM »
PP, yeah being a network engineer in the IT world is a nightmare. Its the fastest way to become an alcoholic.

Lol@insurance, what kind? Got a buddy who thinks its the gateway to the riches. I think he is with Farmers? Had to take a test, supposedly it was difficult.
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PP, yeah being a network engineer in the IT world is a nightmare. Its the fastest way to become an alcoholic
My unofficial hobby......I really like the sauce :)

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Lol@insurance, what kind?
Life insurance & Annuities through Genworth (spits on ground).

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It is, for the slave masters  :laugh:

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« Reply #42 on: October 28, 2013, 08:37:51 AM »
LOL what a coincidence, my company posted on their website this morning for Oct Job of Month is a Network Engineer.
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That's what's supposed to be my hobby now. But even worse: I should read them aloud. Because this academic year I finally started the Arabic Studies at Warsaw University. And I have problems with some sounds and, more, with nice linking of the words, as it has to be; I don't have problems with recognizing the letters, as I've been writing and reading (slowly, with vocalization) Arabic for a few years.

Anyway: my name is obvious, my father is Serbian and the mother is Polish (Roman Catholic). I came back to the faith of my fathers almost 2 years ago. I'm 22 and live in Poland. Probably my writing style and appearance look serious, but I'm not such person Wink

and few things I hate (too much shorten services and lack of their proper order - I mean the scheduling, concerts during Divine Liturgy, ignorance in regard with Orthodoxy and Christians from Arab speaking countries, sayings that Kosovo is not Serbian

Why study arabic? Do you plan on visiting an arabic-speaking country in the future?

Serbian people are really cool! I'm actually very close to a Serbian family as great friends of mine.  They bring me cool things whenever they go back to Serbia like hats and t-shirts.  ;D

I also believe Kosovo is Serbian -no doubt!  This is something I studied about years ago as I am a big fan of history -in particular, ancient history.  Plus, it was one of my majors when I was in college.

Do arabic-speaking people tell you that Kosovo is not Serbian? You confused me when you wrote: "
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and Christians from Arab speaking countries, sayings that Kosovo is not Serbian

I love your avatar as I adore the Byzantine two-headed eagle symbol. Since I also love drawing and painting, I drew that shield with pen but with a little variation of adding a sword by the cross and I put it up at my work.  I also wrote on it: "Само слога Србина спасава" -over the shield ;)

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« Reply #44 on: October 28, 2013, 05:02:11 PM »
Why study arabic? Do you plan on visiting an arabic-speaking country in the future?

I’ve been once in Egypt and once in Tunisia a few years ago (before these revolutions). Arabic and the culture, music and so on of Arabic-speaking areas have been my passion (hobby?) since the childhood. And after a few years of trying to get into these studies (it’s really difficult as there are only 15 places and I had problems with achieving a good result from one exam and that was not mine fault but it’s a long story) finally I managed to do it this summer :)


Serbian people are really cool! I'm actually very close to a Serbian family as great friends of mine.  They bring me cool things whenever they go back to Serbia like hats and t-shirts.  ;D

I also believe Kosovo is Serbian -no doubt!  This is something I studied about years ago as I am a big fan of history -in particular, ancient history.  Plus, it was one of my majors when I was in college.

Do arabic-speaking people tell you that Kosovo is not Serbian?

It’s great to hear that! :D And yeah, we have some cool t-shirts with special slogans ;) And it’s cool you know some facts, even from college ;)

It was just an accidental order, some Poles (but not only) say such things.


I love your avatar as I adore the Byzantine two-headed eagle symbol. Since I also love drawing and painting, I drew that shield with pen but with a little variation of adding a sword by the cross and I put it up at my work.  I also wrote on it: "Само слога Србина спасава" -over the shield ;)

You know, some of the users can call you too much hyperdox or something like that ;) But I appreciate such works ;) I have similar saying, but rewritten by st. Nicholas Velimirovic, put one the doors to my room ;) (I don’t consider myself as a Serbian nationalist, really ;))
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200 million people speak arabic.
it's a useful language.
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #46 on: October 28, 2013, 05:38:36 PM »
200 million people speak arabic.
it's a useful language.
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Nobody speaks Fusha natively and the dialects aren't mutually intelligible.
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« Reply #47 on: October 28, 2013, 05:45:00 PM »
200 million people speak arabic.
it's a useful language.
 :)

Nobody speaks Fusha natively and the dialects aren't mutually intelligable.

Is that a single language anymore in any meaningful sense?

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« Reply #48 on: October 28, 2013, 06:06:00 PM »
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52 years old
I have a wife and three children (male)
Born in Germany
Raised Lutheran (LCMS and WELS)
Converted to Orthodoxy.
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Secondary hobby is my recent building of a Walther P38 pistol out of both WWII and post war spare parts

The only post I read in this whole thread. People, learn the importance of formatting!

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« Reply #50 on: October 28, 2013, 08:15:00 PM »
Or that reading Punch's posts never get old. I still love his detailed story(ies) in the nuclear plant. I never can look at nuclear energy the same way again.
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« Reply #51 on: November 24, 2013, 03:56:36 PM »
Hi all,

I'm a Reformed Christian of Greek ancestry, 34 yrs old, father of four and a fifth on the way.

Not trying to convert anyone or be converted.  I have a great respect for Eastern Christianity and LOVE the liturgy and architecture.

I'm continuing to pray for the unity of the Orthodox churches in America and as an amateur church historian I hope to see it - and the Great and Holy Council - in my lifetime.  (Heck, conservative Calvinists need to work on our own unity too...)

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« Reply #52 on: November 24, 2013, 04:30:01 PM »
Didn't see this thread earlier.

Justin. 34. Citizen of PA. I enjoy laughing at dumb jokes, repeatedly cycling through interests/hobbies, and being scatterbrained.

I became Orthodox in 2001. At the moment I am in skeptics anonymous and working on step 8 (go to church!).

As for my posting here: I do too much of it, I give out too much personal information, and many would argue that I am too jokey (actually I think I'm one of the most serious people here, but that's another thread)

Let's see... what else. Oh, the dating thread. 90% of what I write in there is fiction. However, every once in a while a post is completely accurate and real-to-life, and even in the fictional posts I often use my real life experiences or desires as a starting point.

I hold grudges. I pretend like I don't, and sometimes I don't, but then I get in a bad mood and remember that mean thing you said 8 years ago (or whatever).

This is getting long.

Why am I writing like this?

Maybe because people like lists much more than a single block/paragraph of information?

I don't know.

Well anyway...
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« Reply #53 on: November 24, 2013, 04:30:59 PM »
I'm a Reformed Christian of Greek ancestry, 34 yrs old, father of four and a fifth on the way.

Welcome :)

I would say congratulations on the upcoming birth... but I think with that many you probably need prayers more than congrats  ;D

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« Reply #54 on: November 24, 2013, 04:51:48 PM »
I'm from the north east
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« Reply #55 on: November 24, 2013, 04:57:26 PM »
Okay, I'll bite.

I'm 41. I was born in Greece, raised Orthodox, spent several years teaching languages and several more doing CS for a major branch of public transport, then moved to the UK and proceeded to marry and have a son.

I'm not gainfully employed currently, but keeping house and acting as PA to my son are busy business... and that's without even factoring in my numerous writing projects. I'm training on-and-off to be a proofreader and copyeditor.

I enjoy literature in all its forms, movies, music (both quite eclectically), cats, yoga, several dance disciplines, pen-and-paper RPGs, and learning foreign languages. Not necessarily in that order.
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« Reply #56 on: November 24, 2013, 10:38:37 PM »
My name is Laird. 18. I am a Canadian/Bermudian from Bermuda.

I am in college studying business/insurance.

I like playing squash and frisbee, reading, and foreign languages.

I am Baptist.
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« Reply #57 on: November 24, 2013, 10:45:57 PM »
Canadian/Bermudian...there's a combination you don't see every day.  :) 
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« Reply #58 on: November 24, 2013, 11:06:41 PM »
There is no need for introductions. I am only ether evaporating into smoke.

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« Reply #59 on: November 25, 2013, 12:16:13 AM »
Canadian/Bermudian...there's a combination you don't see every day.  :) 

especially when you don't know what the heck is Bermudian or Bermuda  :D  ... im assuming
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« Reply #60 on: November 25, 2013, 12:18:04 AM »
Canadian/Bermudian...there's a combination you don't see every day.  :) 

especially when you don't know what the heck is Bermudian or Bermuda  :D  ... im assuming

We know about the Triangle. Did you materialized from there?

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« Reply #61 on: November 25, 2013, 01:43:39 AM »
Canadian/Bermudian...there's a combination you don't see every day.  :) 

especially when you don't know what the heck is Bermudian or Bermuda  :D  ... im assuming

We know about the Triangle. Did you materialized from there?

Yep

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« Reply #62 on: November 25, 2013, 12:23:51 PM »
Oh heck why not!  :P

I'm David, I'm 19 and I'm from Kansas I'm a Psychology/social work student and also a cashier at a local grocery store. I converted to Orthodoxy from Roman Catholicism in 2010. I eventually plan(God willing!) on attending seminary. My hobbies include reading, writing, baking, camping and theater as well as being a compete and utter duffus at times  ;D
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« Reply #63 on: December 16, 2013, 07:44:02 PM »
Hi! I'm new here and to Orthodoxy in general. I'm a southern married 27 year old mother of 3. I started looking into Christianity again to hopefully find a denomination I could deal with at the request of my 6 year old son wanting to go to church. I found Orthodoxy and finally found it. I am excited to find a local church to get involved with soon. I spend my time crafting, cooking, shooting, and a number of other things but mostly chasing after kids. I'm glad to have found this forum as I learn more and transition my family into our new religion.

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #64 on: December 16, 2013, 07:49:35 PM »
Hi! I'm new here and to Orthodoxy in general. I'm a southern married 27 year old mother of 3. I started looking into Christianity again to hopefully find a denomination I could deal with at the request of my 6 year old son wanting to go to church. I found Orthodoxy and finally found it. I am excited to find a local church to get involved with soon. I spend my time crafting, cooking, shooting, and a number of other things but mostly chasing after kids. I'm glad to have found this forum as I learn more and transition my family into our new religion.

That's an interesting way of getting here.

It's a nice change of pace.
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« Reply #65 on: December 16, 2013, 09:27:01 PM »
Welcome to the forum, crazyms :)

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« Reply #66 on: December 16, 2013, 10:51:16 PM »
Hi! I'm new here and to Orthodoxy in general. I'm a southern married 27 year old mother of 3. I started looking into Christianity again to hopefully find a denomination I could deal with at the request of my 6 year old son wanting to go to church. I found Orthodoxy and finally found it. I am excited to find a local church to get involved with soon. I spend my time crafting, cooking, shooting, and a number of other things but mostly chasing after kids. I'm glad to have found this forum as I learn more and transition my family into our new religion.

Welcome to the forum! :)
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« Reply #67 on: December 17, 2013, 06:18:47 AM »
I hadn't noticed this thread previously and I'm glad Michal initiated it.

My name is Neil - no surprise to anyone who's ever read my posts, which I almost always sign.

I live in Massachusetts, am older than I care to remember, divorced, proud dad to 5 biological and 2 stepchildren - 4 girls/3 boys, aged 37 to 10 (yeah, really  ::)  ), and grandpa to a little guy who's 9 months old. I've been Melkite for 4 decades and sometimes accused of being too accepting of the differences between/among our Churches, but I'm passionate in believing God's will is that they unite, though it won't happen in my lifetime.  

Most of my on-line time is in the wee hours, after coming home from work at a federal agency (that shall go unnamed, so as to reduce the brickbats thrown at me).  I post heavily at ByzCath, where I'm a long-time member and Global Mod; I've been a member here for many years also, though I post less frequently. Virtual though they are, I treasure many o/l friendships that I've forged at the 2 sites.

"Iinformation-mongeror' well describes my preferred o/l role. Few threads are as attractive to me as one that delves into arcane minutiae about Churches and denominations - mainstream EO/EC/OO/OC obviously, but also the more esoteric bodies such as Old Ritualists, Anabaptist and Utopian sects, and vagante (a particular interest, on which I can wax eloquent to the point of being soporific).

I'm a bibliophile with interests focused on history, biography, classical lit (broadly defined), folklore/fantasy, children's lit, and the literature of oppression. A snob when it comes to proper use of language, style manuals hold places of honor on my shelves. Folk music, genealogy, liqueur, photography, philately, depression glass, and model trains round out my interests - a list that, looking at it, is probably telling as to my age.

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« Reply #68 on: December 19, 2013, 05:11:57 PM »
200 million people speak arabic.
it's a useful language.
 :)

Nobody speaks Fusha natively and the dialects aren't mutually intelligable.

Is that a single language anymore in any meaningful sense?
Yes.

btw, my sons learned to speak fuSHa natively.
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #69 on: December 19, 2013, 05:15:19 PM »
well done!
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is there an orthodox approved version of the Bible in arabic available yet?
i want to combine my hobbies by reading the Bible in arabic in public places...
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« Reply #70 on: December 19, 2013, 06:36:23 PM »
i want to combine my hobbies by reading the Bible in arabic in public places...
 ;)

That reminds me of how I've had some random Arabic Orthodox chant as my ringtone. Maybe I should do it again. I'd love to see face of some immigrants when they realize that a) a non-Muslim Finn has Arabic chant as ringtone b) a non-Muslim Finn has Christian Arabic chant as ringtone.

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #71 on: December 20, 2013, 07:22:18 AM »
please do, then we can change the world together!
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i have this as my ring tone:
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for my work phone i have gone more inclusive and have a popular bollywood song (don't know what it is called, got it from a friend with the arabic name 'guitar'!)
bollywood is almost mainstream in uk!

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« Reply #72 on: January 27, 2014, 09:12:57 PM »
 Hi Friends,
 
     I'm new to the board. I came across this forum after looking into Orthodoxy. I want to give you a little background on my journey so far:

    I was raised in a small town Baptist Church. I had never even heard of Orthodoxy until about 3-4 years ago when I started researching Church History and Apologetics. All we had in my small town was Catholic, Mormon, First Baptist, Southern Baptist, Methodist and a very very small percentage of Charismatic home type of Churches.

  After high school I began checking out different Churches. I attended an Assemblies of God Church for almost 2 years. It was polar opposite of the Baptist Church I grew up in, but the members of the Assemblies of God Church seemed to have more zealousness then most of the people I attended church with at the Baptist Church. The negative side to the Assemblies of God Church was that it just seemed Chaotic and strange sometimes. Lots of Emotion just for the sake of emotion. Almost as if they had to conjure up the moving of The Holy Ghost . It's kind of hard to explain. Everyone would pray in Tongues all at the same time.
 
  Another negative aspect was that they would always make you doubt your salvation and have an alter call like every Sunday. I found out later that the Arminian, Wesleyan theology, had a lot to do with that. I just knew there was just something not right about the Church but I couldn't really explain it.

   I've attended Calvary Chapels now for a couple of years now off and on. It's hard to explain but I just know something is not right. Now, I know that there are many people Who truly Love The Lord Jesus Christ in Calvary Chapels, but I honestly think there are some wolves hanging out in that Church.
   

   I started trying to study Apologetics, because I wanted to know what and why I believe what I do. I also started studying Church History. That is what lead me to research Orthodoxy. I work with some Coptic Orthodox from Egypt also and they are great people. I have a Kinship with them and I honestly believe it's because of The Holy Spirit of God.

  From what I've learned about Orthodoxy it has given me a great respect for you guys. My main desire is to return to the most ancient form of Christianity 100%. I am SOOO Disgusted with modern Christianity where you walk in to a mega church and they have a Starbucks/Gift Shop ready for your cash. Maybe The Lord is calling me out of Protestantism and into Orthodoxy.

  I wanted to join this board so I could learn more and ask questions I have been wrestling with lately. I'm a member of Carm Forums and I've posted a few times in the Orthodox section.   

     P.S. My AV Picture is of Fedor Emelianenko . He is an MMA fighter and Russian Orthodox.

 Thank You Very Much and I look forward to discussion.

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« Reply #73 on: January 27, 2014, 09:24:53 PM »
Cool, a thread where we get to talk about ourselves!!!  :laugh:

My name is Chris and I am a 32 year-old high school administrator. I majored in math for my undergraduate degree, and started teaching soon after graduation. I have been in education ever since.

I recently completed my M.A. in philosophy at a Catholic liberal arts college, and I soon plan to apply to a doctoral program. When I grow up I want to be a philosophy professor.  :)

I am the oldest of six siblings, and I come a very interesting Catholic family. We are very proud of our Hispanic heritage and we love Red Chile (not chili) poured all over our food.

I'm in love with all things Byzantine, and I am currently in the process of transitions from the Latin Church to the Ruthenian (Byzantine) Catholic Church.

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #74 on: March 09, 2014, 12:54:36 PM »
Didn't see this thread earlier, and because i love this forum and i will probably spend more time here, i take the chance to introduce me self.

Im at the age of 17.
Studying jurisprudence.
Born in Sweden, but i'm not swede, my parents are from the Christian parts of turkey, and they immigrated to sweden because of harassment by the muslims in Turkey.

Born and raise in strict syriac orthodox manners, and are growing religious every day that pass by.

My dream is to be a monk.

PS, Notice that i'm probably the youngest on this forum hehe.

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #75 on: March 09, 2014, 05:18:01 PM »
schlomo!
welcome  :)
our churches are good friends. your church gave us loads of things like patriarchs, monks, ninevah's fast etc.
we even have a monastery in egypt called the syrian monastery! (deir al suriani)
may God bless and protect your patriarch, bishops (especially those who suffer captivity, the antiochian one and the syriac one), other clergy, laity and you!

may God guide u in your life and give you lots of patience as you dream about the future.
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« Reply #76 on: March 09, 2014, 05:30:12 PM »
schlomo!
welcome  :)
our churches are good friends. your church gave us loads of things like patriarchs, monks, ninevah's fast etc.
we even have a monastery in egypt called the syrian monastery! (deir al suriani)
may God bless and protect your patriarch, bishops (especially those who suffer captivity, the antiochian one and the syriac one), other clergy, laity and you!

may God guide u in your life and give you lots of patience as you dream about the future.
 :)
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Besheino!
Thanks for the welcoming, and of course our churches is very good friends, as so with the people of the coptic church.
And yes our church has a great history and has contributed many things to Christianity. Also the Syriac/Aramaic language that was spoken by Jesus Christ him self.
The monastery is well aware, also the situation for the Christians in Egypt. We have u always in our prayers together with our brothers and sister in Syria.
Thanks for your kind words my loved friend, and may god protect the Christan's of Egypt. I heard that any activity of the Muslim brotherhood is no longer allowed which is great.

God bless you.
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #77 on: March 09, 2014, 05:55:58 PM »
Välkommen, Syriac.Aramaic! Glad to see more people living in Scandinavia here. I'm a Finnish Orthodox Christian. I'd love to  visit a Syriac church at some point. There aren't in here as Finland has much fewer OO immigrants than Sweden has.
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« Reply #78 on: March 09, 2014, 06:48:12 PM »
Real name: Steve.
Age: 41.
Current occupations: Ski and snowboard technician, junior and intermediate art teacher (subbing right now), musician, song-writer.
Sports: Habs/Chargers/Clippers/Roughriders fan.
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« Reply #79 on: March 10, 2014, 09:00:44 AM »
Välkommen, Syriac.Aramaic! Glad to see more people living in Scandinavia here. I'm a Finnish Orthodox Christian. I'd love to  visit a Syriac church at some point. There aren't in here as Finland has much fewer OO immigrants than Sweden has.
Tack!
Ur always welcomed in our church, when you visit sweden, then u surly need to visit one of our churches. We have many here around the country.
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« Reply #80 on: March 10, 2014, 10:49:04 AM »
Just a old guy who forgot his password, not much posting just alot of thinking and observing the younger folk...
An old timer is a man who's had a lot of interesting experiences -- some of them true.

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« Reply #81 on: March 10, 2014, 02:57:52 PM »
Just a old guy who forgot his password, not much posting just alot of thinking and observing the younger folk...

Good to see you again, old buddy. Glad you found your password.
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #82 on: March 19, 2014, 05:05:30 PM »

Hello my name is John I'm 50 years old and I'm from Portugal. 'm Orthodox but not belong to any jurisdiction. I often joke that I'm an Orthodox vacant. Glad to see that increasingly the Orthodox faith will be spreading throughout the world and increasingly, young people are interested in matters of faith.
My compliments to all and God bless us.
Ps: I read and speak English but writing is more difficult, so excuse the Google translator.

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« Reply #83 on: March 19, 2014, 05:18:25 PM »

Hello my name is John I'm 50 years old and I'm from Portugal. 'm Orthodox but not belong to any jurisdiction. I often joke that I'm an Orthodox vacant. Glad to see that increasingly the Orthodox faith will be spreading throughout the world and increasingly, young people are interested in matters of faith.
My compliments to all and God bless us.
Ps: I read and speak English but writing is more difficult, so excuse the Google translator.

Welcome Patapouf! We have a Portuguese Language sub-forum as well!

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« Reply #84 on: March 20, 2014, 02:05:17 AM »
Hello. I've posted a couple of times, but I missed this thread until now. My name is John.

I'm a recent convert to Orthodoxy; previously, I worked in a protestant church as an associate pastor. My journey from there to here is a rather long story, but what's important is that I'm home.

I'm a twisty puzzle collector; in my avatar is a picture of me with my 11x11x11 Rubik's cube.

I work in a substance abuse detox facility, primarily with alcoholics, but I've also dealt with hard drugs like meth and heroin.

I enjoy heavy metal music; I write and record my own music and always enjoy finding new bands to listen to.

I'm also an avid chilihead; hot sauces and hot peppers are an absolute necessity for my diet.

So there you have it. Nice to meet you all. :)

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #85 on: March 20, 2014, 09:56:09 AM »
I'm also an avid chilihead; hot sauces and hot peppers are an absolute necessity for my diet.

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« Reply #86 on: March 20, 2014, 08:23:35 PM »
I'm also an avid chilihead; hot sauces and hot peppers are an absolute necessity for my diet.

Oh blessed of the Father, enter into the joy of your Lord even before you enter into the joy of your Lord.

I don't even know what you mean by this, but it made me laugh  :laugh:

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #87 on: March 21, 2014, 04:01:02 PM »
Hello. I've posted a couple of times, but I missed this thread until now. My name is John.

I'm a recent convert to Orthodoxy; previously, I worked in a protestant church as an associate pastor. My journey from there to here is a rather long story, but what's important is that I'm home.

I'm a twisty puzzle collector; in my avatar is a picture of me with my 11x11x11 Rubik's cube.

I work in a substance abuse detox facility, primarily with alcoholics, but I've also dealt with hard drugs like meth and heroin.

I enjoy heavy metal music; I write and record my own music and always enjoy finding new bands to listen to.

I'm also an avid chilihead; hot sauces and hot peppers are an absolute necessity for my diet.

So there you have it. Nice to meet you all. :)

Welcome ! God bless, love to read that you have find your settlement in orthodoxy.
Could you in any way post your convert story?
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #88 on: March 21, 2014, 04:27:21 PM »
I'm also an avid chilihead; hot sauces and hot peppers are an absolute necessity for my diet.

Oh blessed of the Father, enter into the joy of your Lord even before you enter into the joy of your Lord.

I don't even know what you mean by this, but it made me laugh  :laugh:

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« Reply #89 on: March 22, 2014, 02:13:16 AM »
I don't even know what you mean by this, but it made me laugh  :laugh:

I like you, that's all.  It's a good thing.  Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. 

Alrighty then, I like you too. :)

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Welcome ! God bless, love to read that you have find your settlement in orthodoxy.
Could you in any way post your convert story?

I'd be happy to, but I fear that it's really not all that exciting. It has a lot more to do with my Protestant background as a minister, and I feel that I'm rather new to Orthodoxy to be seriously testimonializing yet. Still, if there's some curiosity, I'd be happy to share.









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« Reply #90 on: March 22, 2014, 11:11:05 AM »
we are all very curious!
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« Reply #91 on: April 23, 2014, 04:20:51 AM »
Greetings!
I've lurked for a while but thought I'd pop in and finally say hello.
I'm from the UK, used to be reformed baptist. I discovered Orthodoxy in a Christian Chatroom while I was busy trying to convince everyone that Calvinism was the truth.
I’m a married mother of four and very lax member of the British Orthodox Fellowship.
I’m currently trying to work out where God wants me!

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« Reply #92 on: April 23, 2014, 07:23:19 AM »
Greetings!
I've lurked for a while but thought I'd pop in and finally say hello.
I'm from the UK, used to be reformed baptist. I discovered Orthodoxy in a Christian Chatroom while I was busy trying to convince everyone that Calvinism was the truth.
I’m a married mother of four and very lax member of the British Orthodox Fellowship.
I’m currently trying to work out where God wants me!


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« Reply #93 on: April 23, 2014, 10:39:57 AM »
Hullo!

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #94 on: April 23, 2014, 12:26:45 PM »
I’m a married mother of four and very lax member of the British Orthodox Fellowship.
I’m currently trying to work out where God wants me!

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #95 on: April 23, 2014, 01:52:54 PM »
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Welcome to the forum, Eruvande.   :)

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« Reply #96 on: April 23, 2014, 09:37:55 PM »
Hi Everyone!  Christ is risen!

I'm a convert to the Catholic Church from Protestantism.  Before becoming Catholic, I looked into Eastern Orthodoxy and attended an OCA parish for 6 months or so.  My interest in Orthodoxy has recently been rekindled, though, so I'm here hoping to learn and interact with Orthodox folks for some mutual edification.  God Bless you all!

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« Reply #97 on: April 23, 2014, 09:52:36 PM »
Welcome (officially unofficially)  :)
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #98 on: April 28, 2014, 01:58:29 AM »
HI !
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This is a good place, fun, informative, and sometimes a pain because it makes you (shudder) think.

Look forward to seeing a lot of you  :)
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« Reply #99 on: May 08, 2014, 09:42:25 PM »
My name's Porter, I'm forty-one, live in Oregon, don't presently have an occupation -- and the ladies to whom I'm devoted are Bonnie (spouse), Aftasie (three-year-old), and Omilie (six-month-old) (the children are pictured below).

My background is Amish-Mennonite, and the community in which I grew up was a forty-minute drive from groceries or gas, way out in the Appalachian foothills. Theology is something I've wrestled with all my life, usually with enjoyment, sometimes with a little madness -- but pious culture is what I really miss. My wife and I have requested to become catechumens at a church in West Portland; it's mostly converts but they do have one Greek priest.

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« Reply #100 on: May 08, 2014, 09:51:59 PM »
Theology is something I've wrestled with all my life, usually with enjoyment, sometimes with a little madness -- but pious culture is what I really miss.

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« Reply #101 on: May 08, 2014, 09:56:44 PM »
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Welcome to the forum, Porter.   :)

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« Reply #102 on: May 09, 2014, 12:59:10 AM »
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« Reply #103 on: May 09, 2014, 01:00:25 AM »
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« Reply #104 on: June 11, 2014, 02:46:48 PM »
Hello everyone,

I'm very happy to have arrived at this forum, being able now to share within a worldwide community :) I come from Lithuania, an eparchy of the Russian Orthodox Church. I'm currently undergoing an official catechetical course in Orthodoxy in preparation for Chrismation, although I had my first encounter with Orthodoxy in 2011, when I took a course in History of Christianity (I'm an undergraduate student of Philosophy). At that time I even found a local parish where Divine Liturgy was celebrated in my vernacular (which is somewhat of a miracle in a country predominated by Russian-speaking Orthodox believers and Slavonic customs). However, I got distracted again until recently, when I met a Catholic priest in October 2013. It should be taken into account that I was a rather sinful soul, for many years, since my early teens, I was fascinated by occult thought and even dabbled in it, dealing with Tarot quite deeply. There were many moments when I considered converting and confessing my sins but I just couldn't make it. Nevertheless, that October I found the strength to make a full confession of one's life and also received the sacrament of Holy Unction. Since then I started recovering all my previous experiences with Orthodoxy and comparing it with Catholicism. Eventually, all of this lead to an ever increasing conviction and awareness that Orthodoxy is my true calling. So here I am.  :)
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« Reply #105 on: June 11, 2014, 02:50:57 PM »
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #106 on: June 11, 2014, 03:31:56 PM »
welcome! your story is very similar to a friend of mine.
is occult religion popular in your part of the world?

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« Reply #107 on: June 11, 2014, 03:42:08 PM »
Well, I'll definitely say this - it's filled with New Age babble, although my country is regarded, in a way similar to Poland, as a highly conservative Catholic country (people like to mock and say 'The Land of Mary on Earth'). During the Soviet era, most of the Russian population was cutt-off from their religious roots, occult practices of various sorts are deeply grounded in Russia, Lithuania isn't an exception. There has also been a revival of exorcist practice and pastoration in recent years, the media would often quote how people are queuing up just to see or speak to an exorcist (there are only 5 of them in the entire country, 1 per diocese, so you can imagine the demand).
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #108 on: June 11, 2014, 03:57:33 PM »
do you mean the russians were cut off from the church so they turned to the occult?
and now they are getting exorcism and so will come back to the church?

i have another friend from a country near yours and she says many people are far from the church. also the churches were not always welcoming.
once, when she was catholic, she visited a russian orthodox church with some friends and the priest hit her because she was catholic and not orthodox!

she is now orthodox, despite that...

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« Reply #109 on: June 11, 2014, 04:14:40 PM »
No, I didn't mean that Russians went into occultism because of losing their religious origins - that would be an oversimplification. It's just that the great 'silver age' of Russian culture never had the opportunity to reach its full maturity, a sort of 'golden age' which was evidently caused by the Bolshevik revolution of 1917. From then onwards, generations of Russians were cut-off from religious upbringing despite the fact that the Church was still active in many ways (secret celebration of liturgy etc.). Although there were allowances for religious worship per se, the Church was forbidden to preach its faith in the open without being subject to ideological distortion, religious education could no longer take place at schools, religious teacing materials could not be published, thus Orthodoxy lost its implicit characteristics, those of defining the culture people were living in. All of this provided a breeding ground for New Age culture. Lithuania was part of the USSR not so long ago (this year was the 24th anniversay of reestablishing Lithuanian independence), so naturally it was affected by the cultural processes prevailing there. As for exorcisms, I meant to say that exorcist practice has become an increasing interest in Lithuania which could be attested to a genuine pursuit of faith, a symptom of spiritual battle and condition, however, not a way of 'returning to the Church' (unless in a strictly formal sense).
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« Reply #110 on: June 11, 2014, 04:37:28 PM »
thanks for explaining.
i have relatives in romania and so i was wondering if you were referring to persecution.
may God bless all those who are searching spiritually in lithuania and all the places affected by communism in the past or currently.

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« Reply #111 on: June 11, 2014, 04:43:08 PM »
Hello everyone,

My name is Sam, and I've been on this forum long enough to appreciate some of the unique personalities you find on here.  ;)

This forum really helped me when I was investigating Orthodoxy, and since I have been received into the Church I've been trying to do my best to help other inquirers figure things out.  My own personal journey has taken me from Catholicism, to atheism, to deism, to theism, to Catholicism, to Eastern Catholicism, to Orthodoxy.  Besides religion, my other hobbies include playing the guitar and watching hockey.  I also attend college, but that's usually the last thing on my mind.
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #112 on: June 12, 2014, 08:56:25 PM »
Hello all!  

A bit about myself:
 
SPIRITUAL JOURNEY: Raised Roman Catholic.  In my early 20's was involved in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal for a year or two, then left Catholicism entirely and began attending an Assembly of God church for about a year.  Ended up meeting a guy (my former husband) and began dating him; he was Reformed/Presbyterian and that is how I was introduced to Reformed theology (Calvinism) initially. I have remained in these circles for about 25 years or so. (Now . . . don’t be trying to calculate this girl’s age . . LOL.)  

Currently I'm alternating between attending services at a Presbyterian church and attending liturgy at my local Greek Orthodox Church.  Over the course of the last number of years I would look into Orthodoxy, attend a few Divine Liturgies, do some reading and listen to podcasts on Ancient Faith Radio and then put it on the back burner. A period of time would pass and I would begin again reading, listening to podcasts, etc.  This time there is no looking back for me.  I ask you remember me in your prayers as I continue on my journey toward Orthodoxy.

RESIDE: In the South, but I'm a Northern transplant.  

MISC STUFF:
Ethnicity: Andalucian (Spanish) and Slovak.

Education: Some college.

Occupation: Medical transcriptionist (yes, some of us still exist . . . LOL)

Sports: BIG Pittsburgh Steelers fan (some of my upbringing was in “the Burgh”) and NY Mets fan.  

“Girly” things I enjoy: Crocheting, cross-stitch; a novice quilter.  Picking up finds at yard sales.  Baking/cooking. Enjoy taking time to writing cards/letters to friends and sending via snail mail (though I do Facebook too).  

Music: Have been involved in church and community choirs.  Enjoy performing sacred choral music.

Writing:  I am long-winded . . . .forgive me.  

Everyone have a good night!

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« Reply #113 on: June 12, 2014, 10:16:08 PM »
You had me at BIG Steelers fan.  :-*
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« Reply #114 on: June 12, 2014, 11:03:28 PM »
You had me at BIG Steelers fan.  :-*

Start of training camp at St. Vincent's will be here before ya know it  :)
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« Reply #115 on: June 12, 2014, 11:10:00 PM »
You had me at BIG Steelers fan.  :-*

Start of training camp at St. Vincent's will be here before ya know it  :)

I live about 5 miles from St. Vincents, I'll have to decide whether to try and go... guess I'll see how the crowds, weather, etc. are. If I go I can figure out something Orthodox to yell at Troy  ;D  :P

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« Reply #116 on: June 12, 2014, 11:11:42 PM »
Welcome to Sam G and littlepilgrim64!  :)

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« Reply #117 on: June 23, 2014, 08:00:15 PM »
Male, age 50, by birth Presbyterian, working as a translator/editor between English, Russian and German.

Lived the first half of my life (but whose life is it anyway?) in the US, the most recent half in Germany. Married (Orthodox wedding) to a cradle Russian Orthodox for the last 17 years. One son, almost 13 years old.

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« Reply #118 on: June 23, 2014, 08:45:01 PM »
Welcome Georgii!
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« Reply #119 on: June 25, 2014, 02:25:14 AM »
Hello friends! I am new to the forum. Age 55,father of one,single parent, converted to orthodoxy 1985, psychotherapist, hobbyist photographer, Helsinki orthodox parish.
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« Reply #120 on: June 25, 2014, 02:34:26 AM »
Welcome :)

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« Reply #121 on: June 25, 2014, 04:01:27 AM »
Occupation: Medical transcriptionist (yes, some of us still exist . . . LOL)

Yeah, we do show our age. My favorite great aunt (Lord grant her Your Heavenly Kingdom) was a court reporter, and while there was still a Cold War I did something for the US Department of Defense that was called "transcription" -- my part in trying to figure out what those darned Rooskies were up to and to keep them from taking over the world  ???.

But now I pray for the salvation of those killed in the fratricidal strife in the Ukrainian Lands (an interesting way to dodge the question of whether to put the "the" in Ukraine).

And all of my paternal relatives are Southerners transplanted to the North, so I can kind of see where you, littlepilgrim, are coming from in that way, too.
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #122 on: October 24, 2014, 07:39:42 PM »
Been lurking around here on and off, but I'm finally ready to post.   ;D 

My name is Eric.  I'm turning 24 in December, and I was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario.  I'm currently in college studying Broadcasting & Film, and I'm starting an internship for school next week. 

I was raised in an Evangelical household, but I became disillusioned with Christianity a few years ago, and almost became agnostic.  Then, in 2011, one of my best friends took me to his church and introduced me to Orthodoxy, and in Summer 2013 I decided that it was the truth.  I still need to be become a catechumen, though, lol.

My hobbies and interests include hiking, biking, writing, film, history, linguistics, and geopolitics.   :)
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #123 on: October 24, 2014, 08:44:13 PM »
Welcome!
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« Reply #124 on: October 24, 2014, 09:07:23 PM »

Welcome to the Forum, Hīlhētes!!!!

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« Reply #125 on: October 29, 2014, 06:36:03 AM »
Hello! :)
I'm Zois (Ζώης). I'm 16 years old and from Greece, but unfortunately I live in Germany.

If you have any questions, you are allowed to ask. ;) :D

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« Reply #126 on: October 29, 2014, 08:03:30 PM »
Hello! :)
I'm Zois (Ζώης). I'm 16 years old and from Greece, but unfortunately I live in Germany.

If you have any questions, you are allowed to ask. ;) :D

Hello, good to see you on the board.  :)
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« Reply #127 on: October 30, 2014, 10:24:58 AM »
I wish I had seen this sooner!  I am probably older than most of you here.  I am married with two grown children and 10 grandchildren ages 7 months to 14 years, so do the math.  Hence the "Nana" part.

I am currently employed in the district office of our local US Congressman, but not so interested in politics any more.  I am involved with constituent services (you would not believe the stuff people call their Congressman about.  I should write a book.)

I love to sew and quilt, and when I get breaks from work, I like to cook.  Planning to retire next year, take some photography classes and travel to see the natural wonders of the USA, taking thousands of pictures.

I am a serious lifelong introvert who is trying to learn to more adequately and eloquently express myself, so please forgive my often rambling posts.  My mind needs to learn discipline so I am sure you will help me stay on task here.

My husband is retired military, so we had an opportunity to live abroad for a few years, in Greece, New Zealand, and Japan.

I don't have much Orthodox experience, but a lot of life experience, so come on over, have some milk and cookies, and let's talk.
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« Reply #128 on: October 30, 2014, 12:11:52 PM »
NanaDeborah - Good getting to know you more through this post  :)  Your life sounds so interesting! A belated "Welcome" to you!
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« Reply #129 on: October 31, 2014, 05:07:32 AM »
I wish I had seen this sooner!  I am probably older than most of you here.  I am married with two grown children and 10 grandchildren ages 7 months to 14 years, so do the math.  Hence the "Nana" part.

I am currently employed in the district office of our local US Congressman, but not so interested in politics any more.  I am involved with constituent services (you would not believe the stuff people call their Congressman about.  I should write a book.)

I love to sew and quilt, and when I get breaks from work, I like to cook.  Planning to retire next year, take some photography classes and travel to see the natural wonders of the USA, taking thousands of pictures.

I am a serious lifelong introvert who is trying to learn to more adequately and eloquently express myself, so please forgive my often rambling posts.  My mind needs to learn discipline so I am sure you will help me stay on task here.

My husband is retired military, so we had an opportunity to live abroad for a few years, in Greece, New Zealand, and Japan.

I don't have much Orthodox experience, but a lot of life experience, so come on over, have some milk and cookies, and let's talk.

Welcome, NanaDeborah!
I have one question, because your life seems to be very satisfying and nice and, even if I am just 16 years old, I think it is be great to be married and have a wonderful and harmonic life with my family, and to have a successful career, which must not bring be too much money, but enough to feed my family. I still go to school and I don't plan to marry in the next future, but still, my question is: Are you happy with your life? Because you really seem to have lots of life experience, a happy family and a successful career and that's what I am aiming for.

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« Reply #130 on: October 31, 2014, 07:19:06 AM »
Ermm....Hi (⁄ ⁄•⁄ω⁄•⁄ ⁄)⁄  I have been posting here for quite some time.

I am a Malaysian Chinese as some of you would know. Currently, I'm studying Business with Economics in the UK with hopes of pursuing a masters in Behavioral Economics, hopefully anyway. Generally, I'm a particularly shy person so while I might be quite 'vocal' here, I would be more quiet and introverted in real life. I also have an odd thing for looking feminine for some unknown reason.

My religious background is an odd mix of Buddhism, Protestantism and Catholicism and now I'm Orthodox....at least in belief which is better than nothing  ;)

As for my interests, I love philosophy(I hope to be able to somehow pursue a degree in it), Behavioral Economics, Theology, Manga, Adventure Time, Anime, girls and emotional music, particularly those that are poetic and tell a story. I also do sketches sometimes during my free time, mostly based on real people such as singers and girls I know...at least those attractive based on my POV.


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« Reply #131 on: October 31, 2014, 08:22:49 AM »
Hello,
I am 38, married with four children. Converted from Roman Catholicism to Orthodoxy in 2001.

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« Reply #132 on: October 31, 2014, 08:37:14 AM »
Hello,
I am 38, married with four children. Converted from Roman Catholicism to Orthodoxy in 2001.

By day I am an accountant, by night I am a distance-learning seminarian at St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Seminary.
I thought you were 29.

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« Reply #133 on: October 31, 2014, 08:45:02 AM »
Hello. I was raised as a Hanukkah/Passover Jew (the equivalent of Easter/Christmas Christians), functionally atheist. Had an epiphany when I was 17 and was baptized in a Roman Catholic Church. I have a B.A. in theology. Got married when I was 22, currently have one child. I moved to a rural area about a year ago and couldn't find a single Tridentine-rite Mass or sufferable Novus Ordo parish within an hour of my new house, so I go to a Ruthenian parish. Since about a month before the Synod on the Family in Rome convened I have been strongly considering converting to Orthodoxy.

I love tacos and naps. Not a very exciting person unfortunately.

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« Reply #134 on: October 31, 2014, 08:49:46 AM »
Wow, I didn't know this post existed. :)

My name is BethAnna.  I've been here since 2010.  I have three grown children and five (one is on the way) grandchildren.  I have a german shepherd (mine) named Jess and two cats (hubby's) named Roadie and Petra.

I live in a big old house built in 1857 that's been in my husband's family for four generations.  Some times I squawk about it, but I'm squawking less now that I can do the laundry without an umbrella.

I am Orthodox (convert).

I love to learn, write and sculpt.  Haven't done the sculpting in a while, but once my husband is back on his feet I will get back to my pottery classes and start carving reliefs into the pottery.

Fav subjects of study: History, MicroBiology, NeuroBiology (specifically the brain) and Sociology.

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #135 on: October 31, 2014, 02:34:05 PM »
i am glad your leak is fixed.
(if i understand you right).

i hope you have also sorted your bug problem.

it british english, a buggy (plural - buggies) is a type of plastic basket on wheels
that you put your baby or small kid in to avoid carrying it all the time.

so when i saw your post in the prayer thread, i had images of parents running manically around
with their small kids on wheels, accidently causing you all kinds of random distress!

i suppose that would have been easier to sort out though, i posted it in case it gave you a laugh
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« Reply #136 on: October 31, 2014, 03:35:50 PM »
i am glad your leak is fixed.
(if i understand you right).

i hope you have also sorted your bug problem.

it british english, a buggy (plural - buggies) is a type of plastic basket on wheels
that you put your baby or small kid in to avoid carrying it all the time.

so when i saw your post in the prayer thread, i had images of parents running manically around
with their small kids on wheels, accidently causing you all kinds of random distress!

i suppose that would have been easier to sort out though, i posted it in case it gave you a laugh
 ;)
I had visions of Amish buggies careening around. I decided not to post that in a prayer thread though. lol
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #137 on: November 01, 2014, 12:08:33 PM »
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Welcome, NanaDeborah!
I have one question, because your life seems to be very satisfying and nice and, even if I am just 16 years old, I think it is be great to be married and have a wonderful and harmonic life with my family, and to have a successful career, which must not bring be too much money, but enough to feed my family. I still go to school and I don't plan to marry in the next future, but still, my question is: Are you happy with your life? Because you really seem to have lots of life experience, a happy family and a successful career and that's what I am aiming for.

Thank you so much for this question.  I have been thinking about how to answer.  I don't want to hijack this thread so I will start a new one.  I guess in "Other" since it does not seem to fit anywhere else, and if it is not the right place then I guess they will move it. 
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #138 on: November 01, 2014, 01:11:34 PM »
i am glad your leak is fixed.
(if i understand you right).

i hope you have also sorted your bug problem.

it british english, a buggy (plural - buggies) is a type of plastic basket on wheels
that you put your baby or small kid in to avoid carrying it all the time.

so when i saw your post in the prayer thread, i had images of parents running manically around
with their small kids on wheels, accidently causing you all kinds of random distress!

i suppose that would have been easier to sort out though, i posted it in case it gave you a laugh
 ;)
I had visions of Amish buggies careening around. I decided not to post that in a prayer thread though. lol

Me too!!!   Because of a large Amish population, horse-and-buggies are a very common sight around here.  There are even a few buggy shops where they repair buggies.

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #139 on: November 01, 2014, 01:13:06 PM »
In my family, we also use "baby buggies" in the sense that Mabsoota mentioned.

The rather small English side of my ancestry, however, came to America about 150 years ago, so I don't know if it came over with the immigration or if it is also something we also generally say in America.


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« Reply #140 on: November 01, 2014, 01:15:03 PM »
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In my family, we also use "baby buggies" in the sense that Mabsoota mentioned.

The rather small English side of my ancestry, however, came to America about 150 years ago, so I don't know if it came over with the immigration or if it is also something we also generally say in America.

We always said "baby buggies" but in New Zealand (quite British) they call them "prams."
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #141 on: November 02, 2014, 05:23:26 PM »
I might as well join the group of people who didn't even know this was a thread somewhere. I'm a Canadian university student, studying political theory and the history of Christianity and some other things. My main hobby is amassing trivial knowledge.

I was a relatively recent convert to Roman Catholicism from the United Church of Canada (a liberal mainline denomination which united all of Canada's Congregationalists and Methodists, plus some of its Presbyterians, in the 1920s). Then I wondered to myself, "How is it that the Orthodox stayed so close to the Catholic faith when all of the other groups that broke off became so different?" So I did some research and I found out the answer, and then spent a year trying to prove that answer wrong, and then became a catechumen in the OCA (as you might imagine, the answer turned out to be that Rome broke off from Orthodoxy).

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« Reply #142 on: November 05, 2014, 04:29:31 PM »
Hi, my registration finally got authorized today.  Just wanted to into myself and say hello.  I'm in the process of converting to the Orthodox faith and wanted to fellowship with other brothers and sisters here. 

I'm still getting used to this Simple Machines format, so please forgive me if I screw something up.  :laugh:

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« Reply #143 on: November 05, 2014, 08:00:09 PM »
Greeting Terry!  It is good to have you here!   :)
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« Reply #144 on: November 05, 2014, 08:13:30 PM »
Greeting Terry!  It is good to have you here!   :)

Thanks Antonios!  Good to be here.  Hope to learn a lot from some of the elders here.  Thanks brother!  :)

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« Reply #145 on: November 07, 2014, 04:04:04 AM »
I did not see this thread...

Anyway, my name is Bogdan (Богдан) and I am from Belgrade, Serbia (born and raised). I have beautiful and very wise fiancee that I will be, God willing, married to soon. I am blessed and very fortunate to have a person like her in my life.
I have a M.Sc in Software Engineering and have been working as a programmer/developer for 7 years now.

I was chrismated at the early age in Orthodox Church of Vladimir Nevsky in Belgrade, even tho I was born while the country was called Yugoslavia and was ruled by communist party. If anyone is interested, this is the church:http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/da/HramSvetogAleksandraNevskog.jpg.

Its in the area of Belgrade where I grew up. :)
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #146 on: November 07, 2014, 05:01:22 AM »
my name is Bogdan (Богдан)

Welcome, Bogdan! That is a beautiful church.

You having a wise finacee and, God willing, she also being your wife is a great blessing.

My wife is just old enough to have been an Young Communist in the former Soviet Union at that time, but she has repented since then. I also took part in the Cold War on the Western side, though I cannot say that we always did the right thing, either. God bless!
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #147 on: November 07, 2014, 08:06:11 AM »
Thank you Georgii
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #148 on: November 07, 2014, 10:48:03 AM »
I did not see this thread...

Anyway, my name is Bogdan (Богдан) and I am from Belgrade, Serbia (born and raised). I have beautiful and very wise fiancee that I will be, God willing, married to soon. I am blessed and very fortunate to have a person like her in my life.
I have a M.Sc in Software Engineering and have been working as a programmer/developer for 7 years now.

I was chrismated at the early age in Orthodox Church of Vladimir Nevsky in Belgrade, even tho I was born while the country was called Yugoslavia and was ruled by communist party. If anyone is interested, this is the church:http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/da/HramSvetogAleksandraNevskog.jpg.

Its in the area of Belgrade where I grew up. :)

How nice to see more Serbs on the forum! :)
The church of Aleksandar Nevski is the favourite Belgrade church of my aunt (living in the Belgrade suburbs) :)
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« Reply #149 on: November 09, 2014, 08:05:26 AM »
How nice to see more Serbs on the forum! :)
The church of Aleksandar Nevski is the favourite Belgrade church of my aunt (living in the Belgrade suburbs) :)

Awesome mate, awesome!

and I just realised that I wrote, for a reason completely unknown to me, "Vladimir Nevsky" instead of "Alexander Nevsky"... I need a vacation! :D
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« Reply #150 on: November 09, 2014, 05:13:32 PM »
not all ze slavs is called 'vladmir'?

eez outrage!

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« Reply #151 on: November 11, 2014, 02:54:47 PM »
Registration was approved of today. I am 25 years old and a catechumen at the Greek Orthodox parish in my town; I am coming over from the Southern Baptist/non-denomiational Evangelical camp.

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« Reply #152 on: November 11, 2014, 06:34:08 PM »
welcome!
you will find the most helpful advice in the convert issues forum, as the moderation is more thorough there.
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« Reply #153 on: November 11, 2014, 10:36:15 PM »
Hi, I'm Didyma.  My username is a reference to the fact that I'm a twin.  I'm currently 20 years old and am a sophomore in college.  I live in the southern United States.  My major is Linguistics with a focus in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (T.E.S.O.L.).  I haven't decided my minor yet.  I have many interests, including foreign affairs, art, storytelling, and learning languages.  I used to love reading books, too, but everything changed when I started to get a bunch of assigned reading for school. :( My original brand of Christianity was United Methodism. 

Also, I am learning Japanese in order to become a missionary in Japan, so if you know Japanese you can PM me in said language.  However, I am only about toddler level at the moment -- I'm about to take the N5 level of the J.L.P.T. in December.

Welcome, all!
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« Reply #154 on: November 12, 2014, 04:00:00 PM »
welcome!
don't worry about the reading, i found i couldn't read for pleasure (except the Bible) while i was studying,
but the feeling came back a few years later and now i can read a lot.
since i started to learn about orthodox Christianity about 9 years ago, i have been mainly reading about that,
coz it's the most fun thing to read!
 :)

do you have contacts with the russian orthodox church in japan?
there are some native japanese who go to their 2 churches,
and there is also a coptic orthodox church as well. they also have japanese people there, according to internet photos.

sadly, when i was there 6 years ago, i was traveling with people who were not orthodox,
and i also wasn't in the right places at the right time.
we did visit a nice protestant church, though, and the visiting canadian speaker preached in fluent japanese.
i don't know what he said, but our friend said it was interesting!

we learnt about 14 useful phrases (mostly about food) and i learnt to read 3 of the letters (that's about 0.1%!)
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #155 on: November 12, 2014, 04:57:19 PM »
Registration was approved of today. I am 25 years old and a catechumen at the Greek Orthodox parish in my town; I am coming over from the Southern Baptist/non-denomiational Evangelical camp.

Hello and welcome.
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« Reply #156 on: November 12, 2014, 05:53:29 PM »
Thank you for the welcome.

I thought there were more than two Orthodox churches over in Japan?

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« Reply #157 on: November 12, 2014, 10:31:53 PM »
welcome!
don't worry about the reading, i found i couldn't read for pleasure (except the Bible) while i was studying,
but the feeling came back a few years later and now i can read a lot.
since i started to learn about orthodox Christianity about 9 years ago, i have been mainly reading about that,
coz it's the most fun thing to read!
 :)

do you have contacts with the russian orthodox church in japan?
there are some native japanese who go to their 2 churches,
and there is also a coptic orthodox church as well. they also have japanese people there, according to internet photos.

sadly, when i was there 6 years ago, i was traveling with people who were not orthodox,
and i also wasn't in the right places at the right time.
we did visit a nice protestant church, though, and the visiting canadian speaker preached in fluent japanese.
i don't know what he said, but our friend said it was interesting!

we learnt about 14 useful phrases (mostly about food) and i learnt to read 3 of the letters (that's about 0.1%!)
o yasumi na sai
(which i think means goodnight!)

Really?  I hope my desire to read for fun comes back after I leave school.  I feel kind of bummed about it, but I don't have a lot of time what with all the studying.  I don't have any church contacts in Japan.  I'll get to translating their site page after I"m done studying for the JLPT, and maybe I can find the email of a priest near Niigata (where I'll be going, God willing, this summer).  I'm pretty sure there's more than two churches, though!  The Church of Japan (autonomous) has about 45 churches and missions according to the Orthodox Wiki page: http://orthodoxwiki.org/List_of_parishes_in_Japan
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« Reply #158 on: November 13, 2014, 12:25:24 AM »
Hi, I'm Didyma.  My username is a reference to the fact that I'm a twin.  I'm currently 20 years old and am a sophomore in college.  I live in the southern United States.  My major is Linguistics with a focus in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (T.E.S.O.L.).  I haven't decided my minor yet.  I have many interests, including foreign affairs, art, storytelling, and learning languages.  I used to love reading books, too, but everything changed when I started to get a bunch of assigned reading for school. :( My original brand of Christianity was United Methodism. 

Also, I am learning Japanese in order to become a missionary in Japan, so if you know Japanese you can PM me in said language.  However, I am only about toddler level at the moment -- I'm about to take the N5 level of the J.L.P.T. in December.

Welcome, all!

My Orthodox Christian Fellowship chaplain was a missionary in Japan. He seemed to have done a lot there during his time serving in one of Japan's cathedrals. If you ever have any questions about becoming a missionary in Japan, I'd recommend that you contact Fr. Constantine White.


  • My name is Constantine: and also Brian. My Dad is a normal American and my Mom is Greek. I just have American citizenship, but I'd like to think that I'll start the process of dual citizenship—someday.
  • I was born and raised in the great city of Chicago, although now I go to school in Washington, D.C. and commute back and forth between the two cities. I'll be studying abroad in Thessaloniki this summer, I hope.
  • I study international relations and my concentration of focus is on Russia, Central Asia, and Iran. If any of you know any Tajik or Persian Orthodox Christians, I'd love to get in contact with them. I study Byzantine history and the Greek Diaspora in my spare time, although I haven't had much of that in awhile.
  • I'm a normal American and I like normal things, like polo and cufflinks and whiskey. You know, the usual stuff.
  • I like learning languages. I want to serve the Church somewhere where it could use another set of hands, but the only language I speak well besides English already has been solidly Orthodox for about I'd say 1600 years. If anyone is interested in starting a mission church in Chicago, send me a message, please!
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  • I'd like to get better acquainted with people around here. I kind of feel like I don't add much to the conversations found in any of our subforums.
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« Reply #159 on: November 14, 2014, 11:42:40 AM »
Hi, all!

I am Canadian, living in Jordan.  I am a (Carpatho-Russian) Orthodox convert.   I converted almost twenty years ago now.  I'm older than 25 ;-)

A homily I heard ages ago talked about a license plate with "IAM3RD" on it.  It was from a family who were friends with the Priest.  (I actually passed the car one day on the highway).  They chose it to represent the priorities in their lives:  First, Christ.  Second, everyone else.  Third, one's self.

I hope this is how I live my life. 

I have a degree in Protestant Theology, and one in Eastern Christian Studies.  I have a lot to learn!  I hope I can learn a lot here, and maybe even have a little something worth sharing.

Thanks and God bless,
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« Reply #160 on: November 15, 2014, 10:11:03 PM »
Welcome to all the new members here!

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« Reply #161 on: November 18, 2014, 11:47:05 PM »
I have been an online copywriter for two years after 18 years in newspapers (feature writing, proofreading, page-making with the computer, digital video for the Web, and editing). Give me a business's name and line of work, and I'll come up with 1,000+ SEO-friendly words, creating an online brand identity, a personality, a voice for that company that will drive customers to it. My copywriting strategy: “Look for the hook (what's in it for this company's customers?) and create a character.” I've written content on over 1,500 commercial websites for small businesses of all kinds all over the country and one overseas (Belgium — worked via Skype), including in Spanish, and have trained writers.

All of these are skills applicable to any kind of corporate communications.

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« Reply #162 on: December 16, 2014, 09:02:00 AM »
Hello,

I found this forum as I was looking for information to help me in my tasks as webmaster and webowner of a site dedicated to showing the connection there is between learning, knowing, believing and commitment.

The article http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/articles/48-some-reflections-on-managing-an-orthodox-christian-discussion-forum published by Anastasios Hudson really caught my interest, because it lays down principles that are applicable to my own participation in any Christian forum.

So I was drawn here for an interest in the practical aspects of participating in the Web as Christian. But also because I am interested in learning about believers in Christ of other traditions.

I was raised and born in a Roman Catholic environment in Quebec Canada. I did my primary grades in the 1960's. One year I carried a paper back edition of the New Testament as one of our textbook. But we never opened it in school. No one ever talked about its contents in my family either.

It was as a young adult that I first met people who were actually discussing the Bible's contents. Through them I started considering how I should live in relationship to God. These people were Evangelical Christians. When I decided to turn my life over to God, it was within that context. Many years ago now.

May God bless you all, and thank you for allowing me to be a member of this community.
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« Reply #164 on: December 16, 2014, 09:30:43 AM »
Hello,

I found this forum as I was looking for information to help me in my tasks as webmaster and webowner of a site dedicated to showing the connection there is between learning, knowing, believing and commitment.

The article http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/articles/48-some-reflections-on-managing-an-orthodox-christian-discussion-forum published by Anastasios Hudson really caught my interest, because it lays down principles that are applicable to my own participation in any Christian forum.

So I was drawn here for an interest in the practical aspects of participating in the Web as Christian. But also because I am interested in learning about believers in Christ of other traditions.

I was raised and born in a Roman Catholic environment in Quebec Canada. I did my primary grades in the 1960's. One year I carried a paper back edition of the New Testament as one of our textbook. But we never opened it in school. No one ever talked about its contents in my family either.

It was as a young adult that I first met people who were actually discussing the Bible's contents. Through them I started considering how I should live in relationship to God. These people were Evangelical Christians. When I decided to turn my life over to God, it was within that context. Many years ago now.

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« Reply #165 on: December 16, 2014, 11:48:03 AM »
Welcome!

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« Reply #166 on: December 29, 2014, 08:25:48 PM »
Hello!  This is my first post.  I am a new member of both the forum and of the Orthodox Church!  I have found a lot of useful information in these pages and am excited to be a part of the community now! 

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« Reply #168 on: December 29, 2014, 08:46:04 PM »
Hello!  This is my first post.  I am a new member of both the forum and of the Orthodox Church!  I have found a lot of useful information in these pages and am excited to be a part of the community now! 
Welcome!  Always nice to see new people.  :)
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Hello!  This is my first post.  I am a new member of both the forum and of the Orthodox Church!  I have found a lot of useful information in these pages and am excited to be a part of the community now! 

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« Reply #172 on: January 17, 2015, 11:40:31 PM »
Hi all,
I'm new here too. I live in the Northwest USA, at the present time I'm not affiliated with any particular religion but for the past year or so I have had an interest in Orthodoxy. I've studied NT Greek and one of my hobbies is reading about the earliest forms of Christianity. I guess that is part of what has drawn me to the Orthodox faith. I'm here to learn from you. I'm a lawyer by profession and raised in the Mormon religion but left it a few years ago. My disaffection with that faith primarily started from reading the Bible (especially the New Testament).
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« Reply #173 on: January 18, 2015, 12:04:43 AM »
Hi all,
I'm new here too. I live in the Northwest USA, at the present time I'm not affiliated with any particular religion but for the past year or so I have had an interest in Orthodoxy. I've studied NT Greek and one of my hobbies is reading about the earliest forms of Christianity. I guess that is part of what has drawn me to the Orthodox faith. I'm here to learn from you. I'm a lawyer by profession and raised in the Mormon religion but left it a few years ago. My disaffection with that faith primarily started from reading the Bible (especially the New Testament).
Κύριε Ἰησοῦ Χριστέ, Υἱὲ τοῦ Θεοῦ, ἐλέησόν με τὸν ἁμαρτωλόν.   :)

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There are a number of people here who were Mormons or know a lot about Mormonism.  There are also a few lawyers among us.  There are people who are from your part of the country as well.  I'm none of those things, but I did study Greek.  :P
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« Reply #174 on: January 18, 2015, 12:34:09 AM »
Hello and welcome, Julian.
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Welcome Julian.  We hope you like it here.

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« Reply #176 on: January 21, 2015, 01:04:03 AM »
Hello. I am Thomas. 42.
From Oslo in Norway.

Back after like 1 1/2 years of abscence.  Still green and soon two years old as Orthodox.
Realizing it takes time to get into the different practices in church.

My words are spoken through pictures (photo as hobby, specifically of metro as in being a metronut
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Trying to learn something new every day. Like the russian alphabeth. Russian classes begins in september.
Not sure if I should go the steps in church or not. Currently being an altar-server/reader in training.

Posting on a messageboard like this is a good way to socialize, as getting in touch with people in this setting is
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speak in either my native tongue or a slavonic language. English is so much more fun.
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welcome back!
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« Reply #178 on: January 21, 2015, 01:09:35 AM »
Thank you. :)
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Dear Tommelomsky,

Welcome back.  Please post one of your photographs.

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« Reply #180 on: January 29, 2015, 02:41:49 PM »
Hi! My name is Brian from Rotterdam, Holland and i live in Sofia, Bulgaria! Hope to spend some good time on this forum!
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welcome Brian...!
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« Reply #182 on: January 29, 2015, 02:51:02 PM »
welcome, you must speak lots of languages!
did you find a church to attend where you are?
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did you find a church to attend where you are?

finding a church in sophia would not be such a difficult thing

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Welcome. :)
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« Reply #185 on: January 29, 2015, 07:48:48 PM »
Hi! My name is Brian from Rotterdam, Holland and i live in Sofia, Bulgaria! Hope to spend some good time on this forum!

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« Reply #186 on: January 29, 2015, 08:56:00 PM »
Hi! My name is Brian from Rotterdam, Holland and i live in Sofia, Bulgaria! Hope to spend some good time on this forum!

Hello, hope you enjoy the board. :)
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I bet the one church you won't find is Hagia Sophia :)
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« Reply #188 on: February 12, 2015, 05:50:10 PM »
My name is Bill.  I reside in the great State of Oklahoma!  I am a Veteran and currently work in Finance.  Married with Kids.  I am not quite Orthodox, but am overwhelmed with what I did not know.  Thankfully grew up in a Christian home with godly parents.  Father was a Baptist preacher.  Feeling led to explore more about Orthodox Christianity.  It's strange, I can't get keep from exploring more.  It started out as a little research on the ancient church and has continued from there.  Pray for me and my family.

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« Reply #189 on: February 12, 2015, 05:51:57 PM »
Welcome to OC.net!

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« Reply #190 on: February 12, 2015, 06:02:36 PM »
Hi, Bill. Glad you're here.  :)
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« Reply #191 on: February 12, 2015, 11:47:00 PM »
Hello Bill,
Welcome to OC Net.
Yeah, Orthodoxy is strange simply because we grew up thinking ALL TOGETHER different.  And I can tell you it is truly wonderful, but different. Stick around and enjoy the give and take.
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Welcome, Bill!

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« Reply #193 on: February 13, 2015, 01:13:55 AM »
My name is Bill.  I reside in the great State of Oklahoma!  I am a Veteran and currently work in Finance.  Married with Kids.  I am not quite Orthodox, but am overwhelmed with what I did not know.  Thankfully grew up in a Christian home with godly parents.  Father was a Baptist preacher.  Feeling led to explore more about Orthodox Christianity.  It's strange, I can't get keep from exploring more.  It started out as a little research on the ancient church and has continued from there.  Pray for me and my family.

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« Reply #194 on: February 15, 2015, 08:22:49 AM »
My name is Bill.  I reside in the great State of Oklahoma!  I am a Veteran and currently work in Finance.  Married with Kids.  I am not quite Orthodox, but am overwhelmed with what I did not know.  Thankfully grew up in a Christian home with godly parents.  Father was a Baptist preacher.  Feeling led to explore more about Orthodox Christianity.  It's strange, I can't get keep from exploring more.  It started out as a little research on the ancient church and has continued from there.  Pray for me and my family.

Hi Bill!  Welcome to our magnificent obsession!  Keep exploring, and stay in touch!
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« Reply #195 on: March 07, 2015, 01:41:27 AM »
Hello - My name is Terry; my wife and I recently moved to Delaware after a lifetime in Massachusetts. During my "lifetime" I have been a practicing Catholic, an angry agnostic, a semi-Anglican, and a returned Catholic (very disheartening). The past five years I have been standing at the edge of the Bosphorus getting my toes wet. Here in Delaware, I have found a welcoming Orthodox church (there aren't many Orthodox in this area, yet) and am finally going to swim the Bosphorus. Christ is among us!
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Welcome to the forum, Journeyman / Terry.   :)

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Welcome, Journeyman.
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Hi, Journeyman and welcome here. Enjoy the swim and let us know how you find it.
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« Reply #199 on: March 08, 2015, 09:07:57 PM »
Hello - My name is Terry; my wife and I recently moved to Delaware after a lifetime in Massachusetts. During my "lifetime" I have been a practicing Catholic, an angry agnostic, a semi-Anglican, and a returned Catholic (very disheartening). The past five years I have been standing at the edge of the Bosphorus getting my toes wet. Here in Delaware, I have found a welcoming Orthodox church (there aren't many Orthodox in this area, yet) and am finally going to swim the Bosphorus. Christ is among us!
Welcome!  I think I know where you attend, we go to that area for vacation annually. Its a cute little church.   :)
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Thank you all for the welcome. It is an exciting journey into the Light!
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Welcome, Terry.
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« Reply #202 on: April 15, 2015, 06:06:20 AM »
I'm more or less a newbie here -- a few posts here and there during the past few weeks. Some may know me as the Bad Cop and Scourge of Monomakhos, off and on for a few years. A labor of love.

I'll be a good boy here though, probably, since my exposure to this group so far leaves the impression that it's nowhere close to mostly irrational and deplorable, generally speaking. Is that correct?

Anyway, I hope and even think it is correct. So hi all.
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« Reply #204 on: April 15, 2015, 09:02:05 AM »
Good to have you here, mdamyers.
Uh, not wanting to break your bubble TO badly, at times I am irrrrrraaaationalllly typing, but i hope you enjoy this place in space with a bit of salt and slight sense of humor.
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I'll be a good boy here though, probably, since my exposure to this group so far leaves the impression that it's nowhere close to mostly irrational and deplorable, generally speaking. Is that correct?

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« Reply #206 on: April 15, 2015, 09:20:48 PM »
Hi Mike,

Have been reading your comments for a number of years. Welcome! We seem to be very mellow compared to what you have experienced.
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« Reply #207 on: April 21, 2015, 08:52:19 AM »
Just saying 'hi' -- and showing off St Nicholas (wooden) church in Joensuu, Finland, in my avatar.

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #208 on: April 22, 2015, 01:56:55 AM »
Welcome, FinnJames.  Nice church!
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #209 on: April 22, 2015, 02:09:17 AM »
Thanks to hecma925, LenInSebastopol (I love Sonoma), Porter ODoran and Journeyman for your kind welcome.

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #210 on: April 26, 2015, 12:06:06 PM »
Hello my name is Landon from Texas. I am currently a seeking convert, having converted from Protestant to Catholic (only converted so far in more traditional beliefs, not in sacrament because I have many disagreements with the modern Catholic Church), and am now seeking possibly to convert and know more about Orthodoxy.

God bless!

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #211 on: April 26, 2015, 12:15:42 PM »
Welcome, Landon.

Diocese of Dallas?  If you have a chance, visit St. Seraphim's Cathedral which just happens to be the OCA Diocese of the South's seat.  Good folks there.

Or, if you live elsewhere, the Orthodox Assembly of Bishops has a great parish finder.
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #212 on: May 11, 2015, 12:03:42 PM »
Hello,

I am a (soon-to-be) 22 year old from Israel. Orthodox in belief, and hopefully a soon-to-be full member of the Church. I've been lurking these forum for a while, and have learned a lot from them.

Peace,

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #213 on: May 11, 2015, 12:36:17 PM »
Hello, E. :)
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #214 on: May 11, 2015, 01:08:33 PM »
Hello, my name's Alexia. I live in Durban, South Africa and attend the Holy Trinity and St. Nicholas parishes there. I'm a cradle Greek Orthodox.

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #215 on: May 11, 2015, 01:09:48 PM »
Hi, welcome.
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