As most of you already know, my dear friend Joel Borofsky and I have taken ownership of Jonathan’s blog. Frankly, I feel incredibly humbled and slightly terrified for having accepted this responsibility. In spite of my fear and trembling, however, I feel comforted by the knowledge that Jonathan appears to have great faith in us!
Since I’m one of the new guys, I thought it prudent to introduce myself . . . so, hi, my name is Joshua. I’m married to the most beautiful British gal on the planet and have four amazing children. When I’m not sword fighting with my son or having a tea party with my daughters, I love to read super nerdy philosophy books, write blogs, draw, and rock out on my acoustic guitar.
Recently, my family and I joined the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church! I come from a devout Protestant family: my father has been a pastor for over thirty years, my sister is a missionary in Southeast Asia, and I, too, pastored for several years. As you can imagine, our decision to join the Church was not easy. Our journey was filled with years of angst, hours upon hours of discussion and introspection, mountains of books, and, intensive prayer. While all of these activities played a role in our conversion it was our first hand experience of the Church that had the most lasting impact on us. The great Russian philosopher Pavel Florensky once said, “Only by relying on immediate experience can one survey the spiritual treasures of the Church and come to see their value.” This is certainly true in our case.
I still remember the first night my wife Rosie and I secretly attended vespers at an Orthodox church near my parents house. Up to that point, we had only rationalized about “the Church.” We had loads of objective information, from piles of books, rattling around our heads–but no subjective experience. We were like blind beggars crying out on the side of the road–our first encounter with eastern liturgy was like the miracle of experiencing sight for the first time.
One day I will share the entire story with you; until then, please enjoy these beautiful photos. Perhaps they will give you a taste (if you haven’t experienced it already) of the beauty and richness of the Church. Perhaps they will stir your soul and fill you with an intense desire to experience ecclesiality for yourself . . .
*A slightly modified version of this first appeared on my personal blog Truth is a Man.