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What Orthodoxy Means to Me

The following was written as a bulletin insert for St. John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL.

Father M looked me straight in the eye and said, “If you want to be a Christian, if you want to be Orthodox, then you have to love your neighbor.”

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It’s been a while since I’ve gotten myself completely absorbed in a good long book.  Right now I’m two-thirds of the way through The Wizard of the Crow by the Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, and it is absolutely spellbinding.

It’s a mature novel.  Ngũgĩ developed his writer’s talent as James Ngugi, writing in the 1960s in English– books about the colonial encounter, independence, first-generation stuff.  A Grain of Wheat was a fine and nuanced novel, with complex and sympathetic but broken characters.  When you think of classic postcolonial lit, you think of A Grain of Wheat.

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