Five Questions: Summer

Welcome to! Tell us who you are. 

My husband and I converted from Protestantism 3 years ago with our three children (our youngest at the time was baptized when we were received). We now have one more and one on the way following a miscarriage earlier this year. We attend a small church in East Texas where I go between wrangling our kids (ages 2-7) and singing in the choir. We are fixing up a small homestead while I work as a private tutor and doula and my husband works for a nearby manufacturing company.

What do you most enjoy sharing? What do you feel most called to share? 

I love sharing life with people! Whether itโ€™s watching babies come into this world, talking to fellow homeschool mamas about the daily grind, or talking to inquirers or catechumens about Orthodoxy, all of the little places where roads cross are opportunities to share Christโ€™s love.

The world of social media is complex. What do you see as difficult and as redemptive about sharing your journey in this way? 

People are more themselves online. Take the face away, offer the possibility of anonymity, and they feel more free to express themselves. This can lead to impatience and meanness, but it also presents opportunities for repentance and becoming more human.

What is your earliest, distinctly Orthodox memory? 

I remember the first service I ever attended. It was Vespers in a little mission church an hour away. Dark and small inside, with the candles quietly illuminating the icons and the brown paneling of the walls, the foreign chanting and quiet movements of priest and parishioners were both strange and welcoming. I felt put-off because it was so different, but at the same time my heart burned inside as if to say that it was home.

What do you hope will be the mark you leave on the world as you pass through it? 

I would hope that there would be a little more of Christ and a bit less chaos, a little more peace and a bit less pain.

Summer Richards

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