Η μεταστροφή του Αμερικανού φωτογράφου Douglas Lyttle από τον Προτεσταντισμό στην Ορθοδοξία

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Η μεταστροφή του Αμερικανού φωτογράφου

Douglas Lyttle από τον Προτεσταντισμό στην Ορθοδοξία

Γράφει η Γιώτα Μυρτσιώτη στην Εφημερίδα “Η Καθημερινή”, 15/11/2017:

Το Αγιον Ορος για τον διακεκριμένο Αμερικανό φωτογράφο Ντάγκλας Λιτλ (Douglas Alfred Δημήτριος Lyttle) δεν ήταν μόνον ο τόπος έμπνευσης της καλλιτεχνικής δημιουργίας του. Ηταν η κιβωτός της Oρθοδοξίας όπου εμβάθυνε στις πνευματικές του αναζητήσεις επί 45 χρόνια. Η μεταστροφή του στην Ορθοδοξία, η βάφτισή του με το όνομα Δημήτριος, οι 50.000 φωτογραφίες τις οποίες κληροδότησε στην Αγιορείτικη Φωτοθήκη της Μονής Σιμωνόπετρας και ο μνημειώδης τόμος του «Miracle on the Monastery Mountain» (2002) μαρτυρούν τη βαθιά και πολυετή σχέση του με την Αθωνική Πολιτεία.

Ο «μάστερ της φωτογραφίας» –τίτλος που έλαβε από το Σωματείο Επαγγελματιών Φωτογράφων της Αμερικής το 1966– απεβίωσε πριν από λίγες ημέρες στο Rotchester. Ηταν 98 χρονών.

Γεννημένος στην πόλη Three Rivers του Michigan το 1919, αποφοίτησε από το Πανεπιστήμιο του Michigan ως χημικός με διακρίσεις αλλά εγκατέλειψε τη σταδιοδρομία του στη φαρμακευτική έρευνα το 1961 για να ασχοληθεί με τη φωτογραφία. Ανοιξε δικό του στούντιο ειδικευόμενος στη φωτογραφία πορτρέτου και αρχιτεκτονικών έργων. Το 1969 αποδέχθηκε μια θέση στο Ινστιτούτο Τεχνολογίας του Rotchester (στο Κολέγιο Γραφικών Τεχνών και Φωτογραφίας), από το οποίο στη συνέχεια έλαβε τον τίτλο του ομότιμου καθηγητή.

Ταξίδεψε για πρώτη φορά στην Ελλάδα το 1972. Τότε ξεκίνησε η σχέση του με την ελληνική μοναστική κοινότητα. Κατά τη διάρκεια πολλών ταξιδιών του στη χερσόνησο του Αθω, από το 1972 ώς το 1998, αποτύπωσε σε 50.000 εικόνες την πρόσφατη ιστορία του ιερού τόπου, απαθανατίζοντας, μεταξύ άλλων, ως κορυφαίος στην τέχνη του πορτρέτου, τους Αγιορείτες γέροντες που σημάδεψαν με τη ζωή και το έργο τους την ανανέωση του μοναχισμού στο δεύτερο μισό του 20ού αιώνα. «Ο Λιτλ δεν φωτογράφιζε για να κάνει τέχνη για την τέχνη», επισημαίνουν οι Αγιορείτες. «Τα έργα του αποπνέουν το πνευματικό υπόβαθρο της μοναστικής ζωής και από τα πορτρέτα του αναβλύζει το αληθινό πρόσωπο του Ορους».

Από τη μεταστροφή του στην Ορθοδοξία το 1997 (ανήκε στη Μεταρρυθμιστική Λουθηρανική Εκκλησία), υπήρξε πιστό μέλος της ορθόδοξης ενορίας του Αγίου Πνεύματος στο Rotchester, όπου έψαλλε στις ακολουθίες έως και δύο εβδομάδες πριν από την κοίμησή του.

Η δωρεά του αρχείου του στην Αγιορείτικη Φωτοθήκη ένα χρόνο πριν από τον θάνατό του αποτελεί το επιστέγασμα της πίστης και της αγάπης του για την Αγιώνυμη Πολιτεία.

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Sherie Mercier, USA: Called To Orthodoxy ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* A former Pentecostal minister and Independent Old Catholic Priest’s conversion story to the Orthodox faith

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Sherie Mercier, Michigan, USA

Where do I begin? I was born and raised in St. Joseph, Michigan, on the shores of SW Lake Michigan – across the lake from Chicago, 61 years ago. My parents were not very religious, in fact, they attended a Methodist church in my hometown. The pastor was a medical doctor and eventually left the active ministry and set up shop as a General Family practitioner. My parents stopped attending church and after that I never remember them ever stepping into a church at all, even to this day. My mother is deceased but my father is still alive and I have never seen him enter a church.

So, eventually, around the age of 7 or so, I went to a Baptist church with my neighbors and continued to do so until my teenage years. I then set out to check different denominations, usually joining them, then leaving because something didn’t “feel right”. Of course, our home town had a huge Roman Catholic following, plus my maternal grandmother had been Roman Catholic herself.

I remember seeing statues of Mary and crucifixes. Our public school in that day followed the Roman Catholic system of meatless Fridays, usually fish sticks or mac and cheese. So, I became interested in the Roman Catholic faith. But it was not to be at all until years later.

I graduated high school, enlisted in the US Army, did a short stint and then married my first husband in Scotland. We settled back in Michigan but only for the summer of 1974, then moved to Arizona. I again, searched and Continue reading “Sherie Mercier, USA: Called To Orthodoxy ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* A former Pentecostal minister and Independent Old Catholic Priest’s conversion story to the Orthodox faith”

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Elder Ephraim’s Eastern Orthodox Christian Monasteries in North America

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Monasteries in North America

 

1. Holy Monastery of the Nativity of the Theotokos
Abbess Theophano
121 St. Elias Lane
Saxonburg, PA 16056 USA
Tel: (724) 352-3999
Fax: (724) 352-5822
2. Holy Monastery of St. Kosmas Aitolos
Abbess Alexia
14155 Caledon King Town
Line Rd. South
Bolton, Ont. L7E 5R7
CANADA
Tel: (905) 859-2474
Fax: (905) 859-2505
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3. Holy Monastery of Panagia Parigoritissa
Abbess Thekla
827 Chemin de la Carriere
Brownsburg (Chatham),
Quebec, J8G 1K7
CANADA
Tel: (450) 533-4313
Fax: (450) 533-1169
Web Site
4. Holy Monastery of St. John Chrysostomos
Abbess Melanie
4600 93rd Street
Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158 USA
Tel: (262) 694-9850
Fax: (262) 697-1581
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5. Holy Protection Monastery
Abbess Olympiada
1 St. Joseph’s Way
White Haven, PA 18661 USA
Tel: (570) 443-2220
Fax: (570) 443-9167
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6. Holy Monastery of the Theotokos, the Life-Giving Spring
Abbess Markella
P.O. Box 549
Dunlap, CA 93621 USA
Tel: (559) 338-3110
Fax: (559) 338-3101
7. Holy Monastery of St. John the Forerunner
Abbess Efpraxia
5 Timmer Lane
Goldendale, WA 98620 USA
Tel: (509)-773-7141
Fax: (509) 773-4131
Web Site
8. Holy Monastery of St. Anthony
Archimandrite Paisios
4784 N. St. Joseph’s Way
Florence, AZ 85132
Tel: 520-868-3188
Fax: 520-868-3088
Web Site
9. Holy Archangels’ Monastery
Archimandrite Dositheos
P.O. Box 422
Kendalia, TX 78027 USA
Tel: (830) 833-2793
Fax: (830) 833-2231
Web Site
10. Holy Monastery of Panagia Vlahernon
Monk Modestos
12600 West Hwy. 318
Williston, FL 32696
Tel: (352) 591-1716
Fax: (352) 591-1719
Web Site
11. Annunciation Monastery
Abbess Agapia
13486 N.W. Hwy. 225
Reddick, FL 32686 USA
Tel: (352) 591-1803
Fax: (352) 591-2083
Web Site
12. Holy Trinity Monastery
Hieromonk Joseph
125 Sturdevant Rd.
Smith Creek, MI 48061 USA
Tel: (810) 367-8134
Fax: (810) 367-6344
13. Holy Monastery of Panagia Prousiotissa
Abbess Agne
404 Warner Road
Troy, NC 27371 USA
Tel: (910) 572-3331
Fax: (910) 572-4176
Web Site
14. Panagia Pammakaristou
Hieromonk Nektarios
1631 Creasey Rd.
Lawsonville, NC 27032 USA
Tel: (336) 593-9760
Fax: (336) 593-9767
15. Holy Monastery of St. Nektarios
Hieromonk Joseph
100 Lake Anawanda Rd.
Roscoe, NY 12776 USA
Tel: (607) 498-5285
Fax: (607) 498-5468
Web Site
16. Holy Transfiguration Monastery
Abbot Akakios
17906 Rt. 173
Harvard, IL 60033 USA
Tel: (815) 943-3588
Fax: (815) 943-3878
Web Site
17. Holy Monastery of St. Paraskevi
Abbess Paraskevi
6855 Little York Lane
Washington, TX 77880 USA
Tel: (936) 878-2390
Fax: (936) 878-2630
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Digital Natives Embrace Ancient Church – Twentysomethings captivated by Orthodoxy

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Twentysomethings captivated by Orthodoxy

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Tim Flinders will graduate from Grand Valley State University next month. Raised Lutheran, he also explored fundamentalist Baptism, Roman Catholicism and even Messianic Judaism before converting to Orthodox Christianity this year.

“Orthodoxy has completely transformed me already,” he said. “I feel like the first time in my life I’m growing spiritually.”

Flinders, 22, like many other young people converting to Eastern Orthodoxy, was looking for authenticity and historical accuracy in his Christian faith.

“I had so many different questions that needed to be answered,” said Flinders, who added he wrestled with the many divisions of the Christian church over the years.

He became Eastern Orthodox Christian at St. George Orthodox Church in Grand Rapids.

Recently he attended the second annual Encountering Orthodoxy Conference at Hope College.

The Rev. Deacon Nicholas Belcher, dean of students at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Boston, gave the opening keynote address, using the themes of holy week to introduce Orthodoxy to the more than 50 who attended.

Eastern Orthodox Easter, Pascha in Greek — the language favored by Orthodox everywhere — fell on the same day as Western Easter this year.

Belcher described the nailing of Jesus to the cross as “one of the most cruel things human beings have ever thought of to do to other human beings.”

Eastern Orthodox Christians, he explained, experience the crucifixion and resurrection in the now during liturgy.

“There is no sense that we are just talking about something that happened a long time ago. It is today,” he said.

Dustin Miller, a Hope senior, attended the conference for extra credit in his history of Christianity class, but said,

“I’ve always been curious about Orthodoxy.”

He, too, said he was looking for the apostolic, historical roots of the Christian church. Miller considers himself non-denominational and said he didn’t know the Hope campus had Orthodox students.

“I’ve been trying to figure it out, trying to find what best fits me,” Miller said.

The Orthodox Christian Fellowship campus club, which sponsored this month’s conference, meets Thursday nights for Small Compline (a short Psalm and evening prayer service). Then the handful of Orthodox students, one seminary student and Fr. Steven VanBronkhorst discuss topics such as biblical foundations for Orthodox worship.

He would like to see more inquirers at the OCF meetings and more students at the second annual Encountering Orthodoxy Conference.

VanBronkhorst was a Reformed Church of America minister for almost two decades before coming to the Orthodox church 14 years ago. Still, VanBronkhorst said, he sees many more today looking for the historical church than when he was doing his own searching.

“I always felt that ideally there should be just one church,” he said. “The Orthodox church is by far the most historically faithful body. … Who is going to deny that the greater part of the evangelical world has the faith? They have faith. What they don’t have is the worship.”

Tyler Dykstra of Holland became Orthodox Christian this month.

He grew up Christian Reformed, but says he “wanted more.”

“Over time I started to realize there was so much history I had not known about even though I had gone to Christian schools all my life,” Dykstra, 24, said.