At the beginning of Lent, I gave a fellow seminarian some advice. Now, that advice is kicking my butt. The advice was simple – to survive seminary, as a time of formation, you had to allow yourself to be assimilated, and not try to understand so much. Sure, you had to think about things, but [...]
In a prior State of Formation post, Chris Hughes’s experience of Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent resonated with me. As a former Southern Baptist, his experience was much like my own. The Orthodox Christian tradition approaches Lent with a bit different take than our Roman Catholic brothers and sisters. If you will indulge [...]
Is it reasonable for the faithful of any religious orientation to seek government protection? I don’t imagine anyone in the United States would answer in the affirmative; however, that is what the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church, and their allies, seek in the exemption from requiring coverage for contraceptives and other reproductive health services. [...]
I was having a conversation over the holidays with one of my very best friends, and the subject of Facebook came up. He said, “You like to be provocative with your status, don’t you?” I had to agree. After all, I am a curmudgeon. But that did get me to thinking about how difficult it [...]
Hi, I’m Marty, and I’m an Orthodox Christian. I know, I know. Orthodox Christians don’t generally associate themselves with interfaith dialogues. Perhaps that makes me not a very good Orthodox Christian. I’m not at all sure. Especially as ordained clergy (I’m a Deacon) which means I have sworn support and obedience to my bishop in [...]
I am attending St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania, with the hope of becoming an Orthodox Christian Priest. I am interested in how to maintain the integrity of belief while keeping the fellowship of and dialogue with other faith backgrounds.