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Saturday, July 31, 2004

The Orthodox Western Rite
Here's an article I ran across this week: "Anglican Options: Rome or Orthodoxy?" I found it to be quite interesting, and as much as I hate to be influenced by a short article (although it's not just that; it's more Schmemann's For the Life of the World and Zizioulas' Being as Communion), I think I'll go ahead and finally make a real inquiry into the Orthodox tradition. The only Orthodox church in town, though, happens to be Greek - a far cry from the Western Rite, I'm sure. Plus, they don't even have a resident priest. But we'll give it some time and see what happens. There are few things I do fast anyway.

A few notes about the author of the above linked article (but nothing you couldn't find via Google): "Prior to converting to the Orthodox Church in the mid-1990s, he served as dean of Christ Episcopal Cathedral in Salina, Kan. [incidentally where I believe Fr. Riley was made an honorary Canon for his years of service there -jon] as well as serving a mission tour in South Africa" (The Oak Ridger, April 30, 2004). Fr. Hatfield has a Master of Divinity and Master of Sacred Theology from Nashotah House, and a Doctor of Ministry (Eastern Christian focus) from Pittsburgh Seminary. He is currently academic dean of Saint Herman Orthodox Seminary, Kodiak, Alaska.

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