I would like to extend to all an invitation to join a new list. The
goal in short of American Orthodoxy is to explore the means of true
Orthodox Evangelism in the U.S.
Go to the Yahoo Groups, search "AmericanOrthodoxy" and join.
Here are the goals of "AmericanOrthodoxy":
Father Alexander Schmemman, an articulate observer of the broken
state of Eastern Orthodoxy, and pan-Christianity in the world, wrote
cogently about the handicap of the old Patriarchates in this age and
the near void of true Orthodox Evangelism in the New World. He
advocated for the establishment of a truly "American Orthodox Church"
yet saw it as an extension of Russian culturalism, though he
criticized the same. The dichotomy for him was his sincere belief
that American culture and Orthodoxy were totally incompatible. Yet
we have the witness of Saint Irenaeus, writing a mere one-hundred and
fifty years after Jesus' crucifixion, saying: "It is within the power
of all, therefore, in every church, who may wish to see the truth, to
contemplate clearly the tradition of the apostles manifested
throughout the whole world." St Irenaeus further said, "For although
the languages of the world are different, yet the import of the
Tradition is one and the same. For the churches which have been
planted in Germany do not believe or hand down anything different,
nor do those in Spain, nor those in Gaul."
Here the Bishop of Lyons (France) writes inside the reality of the
Pagan Roman Empire; a culture that was no less foreign to Orthodoxy
than our own.
I am an American convert to Orthodoxy and an Archpriest in the
Ukrainian Orthodox Church - Kievan Patriarchate. I wish to create
with you a friendly place for:
(1) The discussion of the reality of Christ in the Eucharist
(2) The need to "battle for the Eucharist."
(3) The establishment of Orthodoxy in the New World with New
(4) The exploration of the foundations of Orthodoxy, what is
big "T" Tradition and what is mere small "t" tradition or custom.
All are welcome for honest discussion.
Archpriest Symeon Elias