"The Preachers chiefly shall take heed that they teach nothing in their preaching, which they would have the people religiously to observe and believe, but that which is agreeable to the Doctrine of the Old Testament and the New, and that which the Catholick Fathers and Ancient Bishops have gathered out of that Doctrine." A proposed canon of Elizabeth I, 1571

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I am a presbyter in the diocese of Fort Worth, Texas (Anglican Church in North America). I serve as Chaplain at St. Vincent's School and as a canon of St. Vincent's Cathedral Church in Bedford, Texas. In addition to my parish duties and teaching Religion classes in the school I am also the Middle School Social Studies teacher.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

The Growth of American Eastern Orthodoxy

Canon Harmon calls our attention to this interesting piece on the growth of Eastern Orthodoxy in the U.S. The percentage of the Eastern clergy who are now converts is staggering.


Blogger FrRon said...

This increase of attraction to the Orthodox Church is part of a wider attraction to churches living out the ancient, traditional faith. Traditional RC and Anglican churches are seeing increased interest. The non-denoms are still "in the lead," but many are predicting that the pendulum will continue to swing toward traditional churches. Postmodernism is actually helping this trend, in that postmoderns suffer from a profound lack of historical rootedness. They long to be a part of a bigger story and the ancient catholic faith provides that story.

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Blogger FrRon said...

...That being said, the evangelical churches are providing for another need that many have (especiall young people), namely, the idea of a personal relationship with God. Too often, I think, catholic and evangelical churches set themselves against one another by creating a false dichotomy between being "a churchman" and having a "personal relationship" with God. One cannot have a "personal relationship" with God (a saving one, at least) without the church, but neither can church membership alone save. This is where I see Anglicanism as having a special charism among the historic churches.

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