I’d been to a lot of churches up through my mid/late 20s; lots of church hopping/religious questing. Two I spent the most at were these, both in New Jersey: A Methodist Church and for a few years in my 20s, a Carpatho-Rusyn Orthodox Church. Why Carpatho-Rusyn? It was the most interesting sounding ethnicity in the Yellow Pages at the time I was looking into Orthodox Churches. I was the custodian at that Methodist Church from age 13-18; 7 days a week I was cleaning up the garbage there (it was a full time pre-school during the week and rented rooms out on Saturdays for Indian weddings, 7th Day Adventist, etc). Had keys to every room but one, been places – even above that loft ceiling exploring). A lot of trust to leave with a teenager alone for hours 7 days a week. I did not abuse their trust. One day around age 14, I stood around that space and thought, “This place needs more candles”. By the time I was 23, I’d found several other churches with more candles, but it was the one with the big gigantic pictures of people that got me. It was one of many hooks that kept me for a while. I took my quantum physics / psychology loving brain and set it onto Eastern Orthodox Christian theology, diving deep into some obscure theological points from hundreds of years ago, enjoying the process, testing out rituals to see what worked and how I reacted.

I’d been to a lot of churches up through my mid/late 20s; lots of church hopping/religious questing. Two I spent the most at were these, both in New Jersey: A Methodist Church and for a few years in my 20s, a Carpatho-Rusyn Orthodox Church. Why Carpatho-Rusyn? It was the most interesting sounding ethnicity in the Yellow Pages at the time I was looking into Orthodox Churches.
I was the custodian at that Methodist Church from age 13-18; 7 days a week I was cleaning up the garbage there (it was a full time pre-school during the week and rented rooms out on Saturdays for Indian weddings, 7th Day Adventist, etc). Had keys to every room but one, been places – even above that loft ceiling exploring). A lot of trust to leave with a teenager alone for hours 7 days a week. I did not abuse their trust.
One day around age 14, I stood around that space and thought, “This place needs more candles”.
By the time I was 23, I’d found several other churches with more candles, but it was the one with the big gigantic pictures of people that got me. It was one of many hooks that kept me for a while. I took my quantum physics / psychology loving brain and set it onto Eastern Orthodox Christian theology, diving deep into some obscure theological points from hundreds of years ago, enjoying the process, testing out rituals to see what worked and how I reacted.

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