Abbot Tryphon of the All-Merciful Saviour Monastery, Vashon Island, WA

For those inclined to reading daily spiritual blogposts and listening to podcasts, Abbot Tryphon of the All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island has one called The Morning Offering:

I came across Abbot Typhon in a joint panel he was presenting with Fr. Seraphim Cardoza of St Innocent's Orthodox Church in Oregon.

Below are a selection of the Abbot's reflections. Abbot Tryphon was raised Lutheran, then he became a clinical psychologist (both lecturing and in private practice) getting involved in Zen Buddhism during his undergraduate coursework years. Less than a decade later, from what I can deduce from his talks online, he returned to Christ, converting to Eastern Orthodoxy.

Abbot Tryphon speaks frankly, from experience, and with grace. He speaks authentically and from the heart with a great sense of humour and warmth. I personally appreciate his fundamental message- we need to embrace all people, and to love all people.

Fr Seraphim Cardoza of St Innocent Orthodox Church

I recently contacted Fr Seraphim for an interview on social media. He humbly declined, but I appreciated the few exchanges we had over email. Here he appears on which is mainly an evangelical program. The host of the show, and president of KDOV is Perry Atkinson, and I credit this dialogue with much of the grassroots exchange that needs to occur in order for understanding to come between various Christians faiths and denominations. 

It is fair to say, that Fr Seraphim's online discussions with Perry Atkinson have fetched more hits than any other priest in the Eastern Orthodox Church based in the USA. Archpriest Seraphim Cardoza is a member of the Russian Orthodox Church and St Innocent is located in Rogue River, Oregon. Visit the web site here. If I recall correctly, previously Archpriest Cardoza was an evangelical pastor before converting to Eastern Orthodoxy.

Some of Serpahim's talks with Perry Atkinson can be found below.