Summary: How well do we know the people beside us at liturgy? Every one of them has a story to tell, whether it’s a love story, a war story, a comedy or a tragedy, a tale of an immigrant's struggle or a heartfelt conversion story. The Church is a community of human beings with unique personal narratives and perspectives, and the more we understand and appreciate one another, the better unified our community can be.
On Everyday Orthodox, we talk with Zeina Livanos. Zeina is the author and creator of Zeina's Table on Instagram. She not only shares recipes but her life as a recipe collector, Orthodox Christian, wife, artist, and soon to be mother of 5
This week on Everyday Orthodox, join us for an interview with icon carver and chanter, Dn. Romanos (Ron) Slockett. He is an Orthodox convert at St. Elias in Austin, Texas, is married to Sh. Jessica and has three children.
Mena was born into the Coptic Orthodox Church in Assiut Egypt, and moved to Puerto Rico and then to New York. He and his family now live in Massachusetts, where he and his wife are currently raising their young kids.Meet
Meet Josh David Jordan! Josh began his career as an actor before transitioning to work behind the lens. When his short film, Sam and Gus, won several film festival awards, he decided to write/direct his full-length feature film, This World Won't Break, which won 14 festival awards, received distribution, theatrical release, and on every platform. Josh directed Joshua Ray Walker's hit single and directed the live spot on The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon. He is currently in pre-production for his second full-length feature, El Tonto Por Cristo, an Orthodox tale about a holy fool.
Meet Dr. Ioana Popa! Join Elissa for a visit with Dr. Popa, a National Board Certified Life Coach, with a host of additional qualifications that help her provide support and healing to families, those who are grieving, and more.
Lee Kopulos has been an active contributing member of several parishes throughout his adult life, and works in prison ministry as well as missions and outreach. He and his wife Linda have been married for 54b years, and have three adult children
Meet Fr. Steven Clark! The son of a Baptist Preacher, Steven studied music and thought a lot about theology -- specifically, what was meant by "The Word of God." When the U.S.S.R. Russian Choir under Alexander Shvesnikov released their recording of the Rachmaninov Vespers, he loved everything about it -- and especially the hymn's understanding of the Word. This led him from Florida to Russia and eventually to Orthodoxy.
Meet Deacon John Ma'ae. He's a Southern California native, born and bred, who serves his parish at St. Barnabas Antiochian Orthodox Church in Costa Mesa, California, while also working for the past 12 years as the Cathedral Secretary at St. Steven Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Alhambra, California.
Christian Gonzalez is the Director of Ministry at Orthodox Youth Ministries (OYM), the Assembly of Bishops’ new – and unanimously approved – Orthodox Youth and Young Adult Ministries Agency.” He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who holds multiple degrees from Wheaton College, Azusa Pacific University, and Luther Seminary. Well known for his work developing training materials like “Effective Christian Ministry” and podcasts like “We Are Orthodoxy” and “Pop Culture Coffee Hour,” he is passionate about upbuilding of the Church as the Family of God: a household that forms young people into the likeness of Christ
Voula Asimacopoulos is a Greek Orthodox woman and a primary care physician in the Chicago area. We’ll ask about her experiences in the Church as a divorced mother.
oin Elissa for a live conversation with Corina Gheorghiu! Corina is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist in CA and a holistic life coach trained in a variety of psychosomatic modalities. Her main interest is the integration of the Orthodox psychotherapy of the deep heart, as the fathers of the ancient church taught us, and also validated by neuroscience, epigenetics, and some modern methods of psychotherapy
Meet Elizabeth Gatling! She's a project coordinator, a librarian, a mom — and a contributor to the new book, The Grace of Being There: Single Mother Saints in Our Lives.
Dr. Rebecca Hernandez is both Native American (Mescalero & Warm Springs Apache) and Mexican American. She is a convert to Orthodoxy and shares about her journey to the church.
Meet Eric! Eric lives near Seattle, WA, and has had a number of careers: newspaper reporter, Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine, homeless shelter financial manager, non-fiction writer, preemie-parent advocate, and fiction writer. The past few years. he has been a stay-at-home dad and written Voice in the Storm. He likes bicycling around Washington state, and landscape photography, too.
Join Elissa for a conversation with Dario Solis. Hailing from Austin, TX, Dario is a new convert to Orthodox Christianity with an amazing story to tell.