First a quick backstory - I’m cradle born Orthodox and then some. My mom started an Orthodox school in large part to give me and my sisters an Orthodox Christian education complete with 3rd and 6th hour prayers every day.
In my adolescence, I wasn’t the most popular; as a matter of fact, I wasn’t really connected to anyone outside my family. I was raised in a large Greek family, but alienated by distance from a community of Orthodox Christians. This distance enabled me to grow distant from Christ, and for a moment, I didn’t think about Him at all.
Written in memory of my mother, Elaine Atalis
Nearly three years ago when I met with Fr. Paul Lundberg and a small group of young adults to form the Connect Conference, I thought I had a grasp on the mission of the conference and the impact it would have on my life. Little did I know how much this conference would test my faith and reignite my love for the Orthodox Church.