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Rita Wilson: Why I Love My Greek Orthodox Faith

In a video interview with Sally Quinn, producer of “On Faith” at The Washington Post, actress and producer Rita Wilson (one half of a Hollywood celebrity super couple with Tom Hanks) shares why she loves the Greek Orthodox faith (“I love my church. I find the Greek Orthodox Church a sort of a wonderfully moderate, accepting faith.”), her brief period as a reborn Christian during her teenage years, and what gives her life the most meaning.

Some highlights from the interview include:


When you were growing up, were you always a believer?
I’ve always been a believer. I always have been.

What do you pray for or about?
I always start my prayers with a prayer of gratitude for all the blessings in my life because without those, you can’t really think about anything else.

What is the divine for you?
I sense the divine in the goodness that I see in people–their acts of kindness, their acts of selflessness; those people inspire me.

Watch the extended video interview below:

Rita Wilson

  • Xeno

    Wake up…
    I am in a mixed marriage with a person of Greek orthodox faith and I am of Roman Catholic faith.
    My wife belongs to the Greek Orthodox Church of AnySaint in AnyWhere, USA. In the parish if both husband and wife are both Orthodox they are given two votes. Couples where one spouse is Orthodox are given one vote. Singles are given one vote as well.
    Does this sound welcoming to you?
    It does not to me.
    If you welcome someone you take them for who they are not for what you want them to become.
    The Greek orthodox church LIES. I was promise that GOC would welcome me. They have not welcomed me.
    The this sound like thay are accepting?
    Please read the below link from the greek archdiocese.
    The Xeno

  • Malachi

    If you are not Baptized and/or Chrismated Orthodox, how could you expect to be given a vote? What you are claiming is that you should be given the rights of membership, without bothering to be a communicant. I seriously doubt the Catholic Church would make any different decision.
    “In the parish if both husband and wife are both Orthodox they are given two votes. Couples where one spouse is Orthodox are given one vote. Singles are given one vote as well.”
    Now for what you really say: Two Orthodox Christians=two votes and one Orthodox Christian=one vote. That has nothing to do with hospitality.
    Bless your bitter and confused soul.

  • Tymofiy

    Xeno, You surprise me. If a known Democrat’s wife was Republican
    would he be able to vote as a Democrat just because his wife is a Republican?
    Qualities of integrity are necessary to be a member of a church like the Orthodox. Xeno, can you not accept that membership in the Body of Christ is one of high integrity, belief, and practise which precedes any type of voting rights?
    Thank GOD Xeno does not get to vote just because he wants to.
    Christ died for us. You and me, all of us on the Earth. Are you prepared to die to your desires so Jesus Christ and His light
    will shine through you?

  • Appalachian Prof

    I am a member of the RCC in good standing.
    I have NO VOTE on anything, and never have expected to. Have you, as a Catholic, ever been granted a vote on anything? My guess would be no. Why then would you expect a vote in the GOC?

  • U NO HOO

    A roman catholic male marries in and attends his church. His wife attends wherever she wishes to attend.

  • Xeno

    I understand your point of view, but I cannot accept it. I should be allowed to vote as well because I married a Greek orthodox. Sorry, but that’s just I see things.

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