Fr Steven Allen is creating Orthodox Christian Education
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Thank you for coming to see my Patreon page, whose purpose is to help Orthodox Christians live their lives and to help those still approaching Orthodoxy to come closer. I ask your forgiveness for the banner saying that I am "creating" Orthodox Christian Education - an absurd claim, of course. God is the only creator, we are sub-creators, and the saints sub-created Orthodox education a long time ago.  But Patreon forces you to say that you are "creating" something, and you cannot get out of it.  I would have preferred for it to read, "Fr. Steven Allen is writing and saying things to help you lead the Orthodox life."  

Over 32 years of priesthood in the Orthodox Church, I have written or talked a lot about Church doctrine, spiritual life, family life, morality, society, history, even a little philosophy, and so forth, and some of it has found its way into articles, audio recordings, and a few videos.  None of it can lay claim to a high intellectual or spiritual level, but it has proved to provide concrete help to ordinary people. These materials, and more to come, will constitute the content of this site. People have been telling me to make videos, videos, videos, and I reckon I'll have to hold my nose and do it, so probably you'll soon be finding little movies here. But I shall also keep writing and making plain sound recordings, media I far prefer.

Other people over the years have found what I've said to be useful, and I hope you do too. If you are already Orthodox, you will find materials that many Orthodox faithful have reported to be reliable and helpful. If you are someone looking into Orthodoxy, what you find here should pique your interest further. If you are looking for expert academic work or a "holy elder," you will have to go elsewhere. I am a student, not a scholar, and I am most certainly not an "elder."

If you are not familiar with Patreon, it works like this: Independent "artists" - musicians, cartoonists, and yes, essayists and preachers too, like me - usually cannot make a living. But increasingly, because of the Internet, the little fellow can find his niche audience, and this audience can free him to devote more time to producing beautiful things they like, if only they will click on the "Become a patron" button and give him something every month. It helps the artist by enabling him to provide more of what the patron likes, and the patron gets the satisfaction of knowing that he is giving something, no matter how humble, in return for what he's getting, and that he is providing these good things to other people like him, those who love what he loves. If the artist happens to be an Orthodox writer and preacher, then the patron also becomes a benefactor of souls. I am not a fan of the Internet, but I have to admit that this is impressive. 

If what I say and write helps you, please consider helping me. If you become a patron, you will free me to keep talking and writing instead of getting a job at Walmart. You will thereby share the honors with an elect few, the noble parishioners and benefactors of St. Irene of Chrysovalantou Church in Rochester Hills, Michigan, who support me and never complain, though I take a lot of my time away from them and give it to souls who just run into me on the Internet and start learning things at no charge - on my parish's dime, so to speak. 

If you will help, may God reward your love with His grace.  If you cannot help, you may nonetheless continue to read and listen and watch, and may God bless you.

Pray for me, a sinner.  May the Lord bring us all together to life everlasting.  

with love in Christ, 
Steven Priest 
Thank you for coming to see my Patreon page, whose purpose is to help Orthodox Christians live their lives and to help those still approaching Orthodoxy to come closer. I ask your forgiveness for the banner saying that I am "creating" Orthodox Christian Education - an absurd claim, of course. God is the only creator, we are sub-creators, and the saints sub-created Orthodox education a long time ago.  But Patreon forces you to say that you are "creating" something, and you cannot get out of it.  I would have preferred for it to read, "Fr. Steven Allen is writing and saying things to help you lead the Orthodox life."  

Over 32 years of priesthood in the Orthodox Church, I have written or talked a lot about Church doctrine, spiritual life, family life, morality, society, history, even a little philosophy, and so forth, and some of it has found its way into articles, audio recordings, and a few videos.  None of it can lay claim to a high intellectual or spiritual level, but it has proved to provide concrete help to ordinary people. These materials, and more to come, will constitute the content of this site. People have been telling me to make videos, videos, videos, and I reckon I'll have to hold my nose and do it, so probably you'll soon be finding little movies here. But I shall also keep writing and making plain sound recordings, media I far prefer.

Other people over the years have found what I've said to be useful, and I hope you do too. If you are already Orthodox, you will find materials that many Orthodox faithful have reported to be reliable and helpful. If you are someone looking into Orthodoxy, what you find here should pique your interest further. If you are looking for expert academic work or a "holy elder," you will have to go elsewhere. I am a student, not a scholar, and I am most certainly not an "elder."

If you are not familiar with Patreon, it works like this: Independent "artists" - musicians, cartoonists, and yes, essayists and preachers too, like me - usually cannot make a living. But increasingly, because of the Internet, the little fellow can find his niche audience, and this audience can free him to devote more time to producing beautiful things they like, if only they will click on the "Become a patron" button and give him something every month. It helps the artist by enabling him to provide more of what the patron likes, and the patron gets the satisfaction of knowing that he is giving something, no matter how humble, in return for what he's getting, and that he is providing these good things to other people like him, those who love what he loves. If the artist happens to be an Orthodox writer and preacher, then the patron also becomes a benefactor of souls. I am not a fan of the Internet, but I have to admit that this is impressive. 

If what I say and write helps you, please consider helping me. If you become a patron, you will free me to keep talking and writing instead of getting a job at Walmart. You will thereby share the honors with an elect few, the noble parishioners and benefactors of St. Irene of Chrysovalantou Church in Rochester Hills, Michigan, who support me and never complain, though I take a lot of my time away from them and give it to souls who just run into me on the Internet and start learning things at no charge - on my parish's dime, so to speak. 

If you will help, may God reward your love with His grace.  If you cannot help, you may nonetheless continue to read and listen and watch, and may God bless you.

Pray for me, a sinner.  May the Lord bring us all together to life everlasting.  

with love in Christ, 
Steven Priest 

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