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Hello all. I am looking into Orthodoxy, and have been for a year or so. I attended an Orthodox mission, but it is a very small church, and I prefer large churches. The Greek Orthodox Church near me is fairly large, and I wouldn't mind visiting maybe this Sunday or the next. Can a non-Greek attend a Greek church and feel welcome?
 

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I've attended a GOAA parish for a few years. :) You should be all right.
 

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^Agreed.  Mine was welcoming, but sometimes they get into doing what the culture of Greece does, such as Greek foods or saying some lines of the Liturgy in Greek.
 

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I like my Greek parish better than the convert-dominated parish I initially attended.
 

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serb1389 said:
There's only one way to find out! 

Some Greek churches are very welcoming, others are not so welcoming.  It's really a local flavor profile.
Fixed it.  Why we pick on the Greeks on this board so much is beyond me.
 

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An acquaintance of mine (non-Greek) said that he was attending a Greek church for awhile and felt a bit left out, but then again I've also heard that they are very welcoming. It just depends. But like samandrius said, that could be any church. I say go check it out. There is no harm and giving it a try. I knew absolutely nothing about Orthodoxy when I started attending my parish, but I just followed what everyone else was doing and eventually found my way. Everyone was extremely nice and welcoming as well. In fact, they were more welcoming than any other church I have ever attended in my life. So who knows, you may find it to be a very warm and loving environment (which it should be). The hardest part is going for the first time, but after that it gets easier and easier as you learn more and more.
 
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I don't know the condition in your country but as far as I knew Greek Orthodox church is not only for Greek and also ROC not only for Russians or even Serbian Orthodox church not only for Serbs.
I attend GOC but I'm not Greek.
If I were you I prefer small parish than big church. :)
 

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Of course you are welcome.
 

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LinkedDestroyer said:
Can a non-Greek attend a Greek church and feel welcome?
Yes, if you want to.
 

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Gamliel said:
^Agreed.  Mine was welcoming, but sometimes they get into doing what the culture of Greece does, such as Greek foods or saying some lines of the Liturgy in Greek.
Well, when I visited the Greek Church last Sunday, there was quite a bit of Greek including readings in both Greek and English, though the Our Father was in English, Greek, Russian (the priest asked for Russian, but it could have been Old Slavonic) and Arabic.

No way to find out unless you visit though!
 

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LinkedDestroyer said:
Hello all. I am looking into Orthodoxy, and have been for a year or so. I attended an Orthodox mission, but it is a very small church, and I prefer large churches. The Greek Orthodox Church near me is fairly large, and I wouldn't mind visiting maybe this Sunday or the next. Can a non-Greek attend a Greek church and feel welcome?
Russian Orthodox mission? Antiochian? What is your own ethnic background, that the mission seemed till now more of a home for you?

Certainly there is no Orthodox rule that ethnics worship within ethnicities. A name like "Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America" is more of historical interest than anything. (I hear one has not got to be Scot to attend Presbyterian services, either.)
 

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I'm a  corn fed German, and I've found a home in a Greek Church.  It is wonderful!  I didn't really have any issues with being non-Greek until later on, and those mostly self-induced.    My suggestion is to call ahead to the priest and meet him for a tour of the church beforehand.  This way you have - and are - a familiar face to him when you get there, and you can ask him to connect you with someone during coffee hour.  Having a kind person or family to introduce you to the Church is always good, and the priest can make that kind of connection if he gets to know a little about you beforehand.

I see you are in Fayetteville, NC.    Are you military? 
 

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Depends on the mood
You'll be fine in the Greek parish. The first Orthodox church I ever visited was the local Greek parish and they couldn't have been more welcoming. In fact that first visit is a lot of the reason I'm Orthodox today. A nice lady saw me walking across the parking lot towards the church. When she didn't recognize me as a parishioner she invited me to sit with her family. Afterwards at coffee hour she introduced me to the parish council president and then it was off to the races. It was as much welcoming as you could ever ask for. Honestly it was almost too much. It's pretty large parish but they don't get visitors very often. When I showed up they were very eager to show off their parish and the community. It was a wonderful first visit and I still visit that parish from time to time and I'm warming greeted every time.
 

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LinkedDestroyer said:
Hello all. I am looking into Orthodoxy, and have been for a year or so. I attended an Orthodox mission, but it is a very small church, and I prefer large churches. The Greek Orthodox Church near me is fairly large, and I wouldn't mind visiting maybe this Sunday or the next. Can a non-Greek attend a Greek church and feel welcome?
Yes, but it is not a guarantee. But then there never is.
 

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BTW, when I visited US, I felt "more" home at Greek parishes than in most Polish ones ;) Despite not having even a promile of Greek blood/ancestry ;)
 
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Thanks for all the replies! And sorry for being AFK for so long lol.


The Mission Parish is under the OCA umbrella, and has many Eastern Europeans as parishioners. I have been attending Catholic Mass since I originally posted this, but I plan to still become Orthodox in the future (and visit the Greek parish in the near future).

I am not military actually. My family has been here for 3 or so generations :)
 
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