- Mar 13, 2009
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- South Carolina
- Orthodox Christian
- Diocese of the South (OCA)
Father Giryus may have a different division, but I separate the States into West and and East of the Mississippi, with the South and Border states falling with the former, with the exception of Florida below Orlando. As for the differences between them, the "West of the Mississippi" area has a very high convert to cradle ratio, tends to tithe more, and generally is more informed about the faith.TheTrisagion said:Out of sheer ignorance, what is the difference between east coast and west coast Orthodoxy Churches? I've never heard anyone here make any reference at all to west coast churches.FatherGiryus said:Just so you know, converts bring their own ethnic hang-ups as well. Try getting a Roman Catholic convert and Evangelical Calvinist convert in the same parish and watch the ethnic sparks fly!
One of the major problems we have here in the US is not acknowledging that there are just as big of cultural jumps between a Louisianan and a New Yorker as there are between an 'American' and a Greek. Yet, we repeatedly see attempts to create 'meta-dioceses' encompassing incompatible American groups.
Out here on the 'Left Coast,' the phrase 'East Coast Orthodoxy' is a pejorative. It is worse than the g-word and the n-word put together!
TheTrisagion said:lol, are you sure you are not my priest? We discussed this in catechumen class yesterday. People wanted to know why the bishops don't just get together and force everyone to just be an American Orthodox Church and ditch their ethnic tendencies. Our parish is very convert, so not many people understand the importance that those who are ethnic place on that aspect of the church. Our priest wisely counseled that with such things, it is better for them to organically work themselves out through time rather than forcing opposites together and causing strife.
Now I feel like we are talking about rappers or something. :laugh: