• Hitchhiking to Prislop Monastery, Romania

    Hitchhiking to Mountaintop Monastery in Transylvania Why go all the way to a remote monastery in the Carpathian mountains of central Romania?  To visit a grave, of course. A man whose life greatly influenced mine – a man who taught me to take my own spiritual growth seriously and to explore my soul’s depths – his teacher was Arsenie Boca (29.9.1910 – 28.11.1989). He told me a lot about Arsenie Boca, Romanian orthodox monk, priest and artist persecuted under the communists, who is revered with increasing intensity in Romania. While interning in a church congregation in Vienna in 2015, I…

  • A Day of Churches in Thessaloniki, northern Greece

    A Day of Churches in Thessaloniki  This post also appeared in Greek in the ThessPress here: https://www.thesspress.gr/religion/item/173752.html I first came to Thessaloniki while attending a semester abroad in Athens during college. I was studying politics, languages and religion…

  • Jehovah’s Witnesses

    For years I was being chased by Jehovah’s Witnesses. One day I finally went to see them. Freely, willingly, on my own terms.  There isn’t a corner of the world which hasn’t been covered by missionaries from…

  • Notre Dame Paris

    I was shocked and horrified to see the images of Notre Dame burning yesterday. Some things we assume will always be there, for when we are ready, able, or willing to go and see them. But as…

  • Bethlehem – Church of the Nativity

    As it is still technically Epiphany season in some churches, the topic of the Magi and their gift-bearing visit to the baby Jesus in Bethlehem shortly after his birth is still on my mind. I was reminded…

  • Pittsburgh Cathedral of Hope

    East Liberty Presbyterian Church Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Hope looms large over East Liberty and the greater east Pittsburgh area. It dominates the main corner of the increasingly gentrified neighborhood and houses the East Liberty Presbyterian Church. For…

  • St. Joseph’s in Dushanbe, Tajikistan

    St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Dushanbe, Tajikistan While studying Persian in Central Asia years ago, I found myself missing me some Christ-talk. Jesus is revered in Islam as a prophet, but not the Son of God,…