USA Today magazine is reporting the “suprising” news that – are you ready? – the Orthodox Churches in the United States are full of converts! No big news for most of us out in the hinterlands where we have and will continue to expect church growth based on converts. The only thing I find a bit unusual is the questions they asked about major concerns for these new Orthodox. A common date for the celebration of Pascha/Easter? Sorry, but that one’s not been a big concern with the converts I hang with. Well, that’s just fine if the Pope wants to agree to the Orthodox formula for calculating Pascha/Easter. Maybe after that his Holiness will be interested in coming ’round on the issue of Papal infallability and the Filioque.
I’m not sure if this is really any kind of statistical confirmation of Fr. John Peck’s predictions for the American Orthodox church of the future, but it’s all the anectdotal evidence I need to hope for many of the others to come true.
To read the original study go to the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute and click on the links here.