This is my first posting to the list. A dear friend converted to Orthodoxy a number of years ago, and my advice to her was to complete her commitments to the Parish,
to tell no one, and when all was done to have a friendly chat with the Rector to thank him for his pastoral welcome and guidance and to ask his blessing for the new
path to which the Holy Spirit was calling her. She did this and no feathers were ruffled in the process. She had, after all, been greatly nurtured in the Anglican tradition
and it was now time for her to move on. She received the Rector's blessing to do exactly that.
My advice to tell no one was to avert the inevitable dialogue which assumes that one renounces as one leaves. My advice is to renounce no one, but to love those you
leave and wish them well in the discernment of God's will for them; but to also be unafraid to move on and not look back, for God's will will for you is now something
other than what it was.
I will be baptized into the Orthodox tradition (I did not originate in a Trinitarian tradition), on November 9, 2005, at a Byzantine Monastery in California. I loved the Anglo-
Catholic parish from which I came. I was on Vestry, served more masses than I could count and was Senior Warden, confidant to the Rector; but I knew that I was
called to the Orthodox tradition, and I also knew I had to answer that call and allow myself to be transformed accoring to God's will. I did as I had instructed my friend,
now reposed, and I renounced no one. I love the Episcopal Church, and I pray that their discernment for God's will for them will be fulfilled. It is not for me to make any
judgements, only to love and to be open to what God calls me to do.
I pray that you will not look back, but that you will look forward to what God is obviously calling you to. Don't yield to the controversies and judgements of the converts
on this list; love those whom you have left but do not separate yourself. God has called us to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Philoxenia (soon to be Nektarios), pray for me a sinner and a beginner