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Re: [LutheransLookingEast] Re: Once a Lutheran pastor, now an Orthodox priest

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  • David MIELKE
    I am a new Lutheran Looking East participant and an ELCA pastor. I am also another Dave on the list. I have been on my Eastward journey for more than a
    Message 1 of 5 , Mar 3, 2009
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      I am a new "Lutheran Looking East" participant and an ELCA pastor. I am also another "Dave" on the list. I have been on my Eastward journey for more than a decade asking myself the question, "Can I be Orthodox and remain Lutheran?" Doctrinally, yes, if the only doctrine of Eastern Orthodoxy is the ancient understanding of our Trinitarian God. Liturgically and Sacramentally my congregation mirrors much of what is practice in Western Orthodoxy. YOu would quickly notice the creed sans the filioque, unified immersion Baptism, Chrismation and Holy Communion, and other changes from ELCA liturgical practice. But eventually I am going to have to "fish or cut bait" before long given the continual heterodoxical drift in the ELCA.

      Regarding Protestant clergy coming over to the East, it is probably a bit misleading for Chris to suggest the OCA requires more than does the AOC. My understanding is that the AOC does accelerate ordination if a pastor is bringing his entire congregation into the OCA.
      But the primary route for other pastors is the St. Stephen's Course of Study, in which I am currently enrolled. It is three years in length, very comprehensive, accountable through examinations, and requires three late summer weekly residences at the Antiochian Village in Pennsylvania. This three year period is providing me with the opportunity for reflection on both my faith life both as an individual believer and follower as well as a member of the clergy.

      Dave3 (or maybe 4?)

      --- On Tue, 3/3/09, Christopher Orr <xcjorr@...> wrote:
      From: Christopher Orr <xcjorr@...>
      Subject: Re: [LutheransLookingEast] Re: Once a Lutheran pastor, now an Orthodox priest
      To: LutheransLookingEast@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 11:00 AM

      You are correct. It varies by jurisdiction, bishop and applicant. There

      are a number of things one needs to become an Orthodox clergyman, there are

      even more things that preclude one from become an Orthodox clergyman.

      Sometimes people have the skills, education and experience, but not the

      spiritual disposition to do so (e.g., wrathful, disobedient) . Sometimes

      there is or are sins that preclude one from offering the sacrifice (e.g.,

      adultery, multiple marriages). Sometimes it is just events or facts of a

      person's life or body that preclude one (e.g., married to one not Orthodox,

      one's career, physical disability, whether one has been involved in the

      shedding of blood). The needs of a parish or diocese are also taken into

      account, the applicant's history and ability, etc. I am personally of the

      opinion that clergy should not be too quickly ordained but given time to

      acclimate to Orthodoxy, live a lay Orthodox life for awhile, live a publicly

      Orthodox life for awhile, but I am not a bishop (I believe the OCA does not

      tend to ordain Protestant ministers 'quickly' while the Antiochians tend to

      do this a little more).

      As to this, though, economia and love are to preside. The bishop is to

      build up the house of the Church (economia), sometimes this is done best by

      applying the letter of the law, sometimes by not applying the letter of the

      law. For instance, we don't say the Wise Thief was damned because he didn't

      receive baptism - neither with many of the martyrs that died without

      baptism. St Basil counseled that various schismatics and heretics should be

      accepted into the Church by Baptism, but he also said that it is better to

      get them in by the window if not the door (they could be accepted by

      chrismation or repentance if there was no other way).


      On Tue, Mar 3, 2009 at 10:44 AM, Jay Denne <jedenne@aol. com> wrote:


      > >

      > > Fr Hackney continues his studies at St Tikhon's seminary in

      > Pennsylvania and

      > > hopes to be accepted as a chaplain in the U.S. military.

      > >


      > When a Lutheran pastor or Episcopal priest with a seminary degree

      > converts and wishes to become an Orthodox priest, what kind of

      > education is required? Just through my casual observation, it appears

      > that it varies - some do not have to go to an Orthodox seminary, but

      > others, such as Father Hackney, do go to an Orthodox seminary.




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