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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #90 on: March 22, 2014, 11:11:05 AM »
we are all very curious!
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« 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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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« 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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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« 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!

"Very lax member" is still better than "not a member".  ;) 

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #95 on: April 23, 2014, 01:52:54 PM »
Christ is Risen!

Welcome to the forum, Eruvande.   :)

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« 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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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« 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 !
Christ is risen!

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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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« 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.

It's good to meet you all! and these forums are invaluable.

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« 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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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #101 on: May 08, 2014, 09:56:44 PM »
Christ is Risen!

Welcome to the forum, Porter.   :)

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #102 on: May 09, 2014, 12:59:10 AM »
Truly He is Risen!
and welcome to our group
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #103 on: May 09, 2014, 01:00:25 AM »
Welcome Porter :)

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« 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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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
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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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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« 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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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« 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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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« 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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« 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.  

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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.  

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« 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 »
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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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« 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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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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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« 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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Offline Twenty Nine

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« 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.

By day I am an accountant, by night I am a distance-learning seminarian at St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Seminary.
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« 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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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« 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.

I want to remain anonymous so no photo/real name. But if you're curious, I look exactly like Gendo from Neon Genesis Evangelion.
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« 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.

In His Mercy,
BethAnna