This week on Let’s Talk Live (Thursday, April 7 at 7pm EST) Fr. Chris Metropulos sits down with Alexei Krindatch for a conversation about the first results and findings from an ongoing national study called,The ‘New Traditional’ in a Most Traditional Church: How the Pandemic Has Reshaped American Orthodox Christian Churches. WATCH LIVE on Facebook and Youtube!
The core question for this research project is: how has the pandemic transformed the Orthodox Church, “the original Christian Church that never changes”? The study examines both the overall impact of the pandemic on our church life and, most importantly, what long-term consequences it may have for American Orthodox Christian parishes. In addition, something surprising was detected in the results: some parishes actually experienced a “mysteriously” strong growth in vitality despite and maybe even because of the pandemic. Today, you’ll be hearing about the results of the first phase of this study, based on an online survey of 370 Orthodox parish clergy from all parts of the country, The first report was released just two weeks ago; it’s available at www.orthodoxreality.org.