Here’s a new Associated Press interview with Metropolitan Jonah that was out yesterday. For such a short interview I am pretty impressed that the journalist, Tom Breen, asked questions which made him seem more than a little familiar with Orthodoxy. A very nicely done interview.
I think it can easily be said that our new Metropolitan is amazing. I also would bet you there’s never before in the history of the Orthodox Church been a Metropolitan who found the ancient faith in a “hippie bookstore”. Can’t you just picture our future Metropolitan as a long-haired, bearded college student, wearing a tie-died shirt and chanclas?
I encountered Orthodoxy in a hippie bookstore, picking up a book called the Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church by Vladimir Lossky. It was one of the few books on Orthodoxy available in English at the time. When I read it, I knew it was the truth. I saw that Orthodoxy is the fully integrated experience and vision of what Christianity is all about.
As a convert I’m always interested in the story of how other converts deal with their non-Orthodox families and the struggles and conflicts they’ve overcome. I’d love to hear about Met. Jonah’s family and their reaction to his election. Maybe that’s too “fan club” but I’m sure I’m not the only person who wants to know.