Out of Our Despair

Out of Our Despair

In this episode of Journeys to Orthodoxy, Christy Pessemier interviews Kimberly Styn Lloyd.  Kim found Orthodoxy in her despair which led her on a quest for truth. Look for Kim on ETSY, through her shop Ceaseless Prayer, Christian Jewelry & Chotkis. The Orthodox Christian Network is an official agency of the Assembly...

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The Cost of Coffee Hour

The Cost of Coffee Hour

You fast all morning for communion. During liturgy, your stomach is growling as you do your best to focus on the prayers and sing the church hymns. As you walk out of church and into the hall where coffee hour is held every Sunday, you’re stopped in your tracks. A...

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From Hinduism to Orthodoxy

From Hinduism to Orthodoxy

In this episode of Journeys to Orthodoxy, Christy Pessemier interviews Fr. Seraphim Majmudar, who was raised Hindu, converted to Orthodoxy, and is now an Orthodox priest serving at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Tacoma, WA. Fr. Seraphim tells the story of how a trip to India in his youth...

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Spare the Rod, Bless the Child

Spare the Rod, Bless the Child

Spanking does not work in raising children. In my opinion, it should be eliminated as a strategy for controlling misbehavior in children. Why? Because I believe spanking destroys trust and is a quick fix that doesn’t solve the problem, teaches kids to be sneaky, shames the child, and is an...

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Who Told You You’re Not Good Enough?

Who Told You You’re Not Good Enough?

Mother Theresa, Father Arseny, St. John Maximovitch, St. Seraphim of Sarov, St. Christina, Martin Luther King Jr, Jack Lalanne, Helen Keller, Abraham Lincoln… These are just some of my heroes, the people that have inspired me. But most of all, I just want to be like Jesus. After all, we...

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How to Start a Welcoming Committee at Your Church

How to Start a Welcoming Committee at Your Church

Our church had a strange problem: we had a ton of visitors. Many of them would pop in during the liturgy, and then they were gone in a flash when it was time for coffee hour. “Did you see that new family that came today?” We’d overhear other parishioners asking...

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You Are the Face of Orthodoxy

You Are the Face of Orthodoxy

“So, you’re Christian…What type of Christian are you?” I overheard the conversation of some high-school-aged people sitting next to me. “Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, Catholic?” he questioned the girl sitting next to him. “I’m not really anything. I’m just Christian,” she answered back. He forgot to mention “Orthodox Christian,” I thought...

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Have Today’s Kids Forgotten How to Play?

Have Today’s Kids Forgotten How to Play?

“I miss my TV,” my daughter’s classmate lamented to me. We were on our third day of an elementary school camp. Though we had luxuries like heated cabins, running water, and our days were occupied with endless outdoor activities, there were no TVs in sight. “Do you have a TV...

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The Little Whisper – Are You Listening?

The Little Whisper – Are You Listening?

It was a typical cloudy, drizzly morning in a Seattle suburb near my home. I had just taken my dog for a walk in a park near my daughter’s school. Funny how empty the park is today, I thought to myself. Usually, there were at least a few people on...

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“Son of God”: A Weak Jesus

“Son of God”: A Weak Jesus

You know when you read a book and then go to watch the movie and you’re disappointed that the movie changed a bunch of stuff? Or added stuff in that wasn’t supposed to be there? That’s how I felt after watching “Son of God.” The cinematography was good. You can...

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Six Ways to Be a Rock-star Godparent

Six Ways to Be a Rock-star Godparent

What does a godparent do? Does god-parenting require a lot of money to be buying godchildren special things and presents all the time? Or is the spiritual aspect more important? My brother and sister had rock-star godparents. They sent gifts every holiday–sometimes with homemade koulourakia and kourambiedes. My godfather was...

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What Russell Wilson Can Teach Us About Being A Christian

What Russell Wilson Can Teach Us About Being A Christian

First of all, never put a celebrity on a pedestal. You will be disappointed. Still, you can’t help but notice the way Russell Wilson proclaims his faith, unashamed to the world. When the Seahawks’ quarterback spoke on the podium after winning the Super Bowl, he thanked God first. It would...

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