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Rita Wilson (Tom Hank's wife): Why I Love My Greek Orthodox Faith
beliefnet.com ^ | Friday August 7, 2009

Posted on 08/20/2009 8:31:04 AM PDT by Nikas777

Rita Wilson: Why I Love My Greek Orthodox Faith

Friday August 7, 2009

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:

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TOPICS: General Discusssion; Orthodox Christian
KEYWORDS: faith; greekorthodox; hollywood
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1 posted on 08/20/2009 8:31:04 AM PDT by Nikas777
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To: Nikas777
her brief period as a reborn Christian during her teenage years

She was briefly reborn?

2 posted on 08/20/2009 8:33:08 AM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: Nikas777

“wonderfully moderate, accepting faith.”

So is she a leftist like her hubby? Is that “Orthodox”?


3 posted on 08/20/2009 8:35:12 AM PDT by Augustinian monk
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To: Nikas777

Q: “What is the divine for you?”

A: “I sense the divine in the goodness that I see in people—their acts of kindness, their acts of selflessness; those people inspire me.”

What a nice exchange. But too bad both of these women have such little knowledge of the Christian faith.

Isn’t this discourse more representative of “humanism”?


4 posted on 08/20/2009 8:36:57 AM PDT by Joann37
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To: Augustinian monk
You are confusing political terms with theological ones.

the patristic path of moderation, a mean between extremes; this is what the Holy Fathers call the ROYAL PATH.

The teaching of this "royal path" is set forth, for example, in the tenth of St. Abba Dorotheus' Spiritual lnstructions, where he quotes especially the Book of Deuteronomy: Ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left, but go by the royal path (Deut. 5:32, 17:11)

5 posted on 08/20/2009 8:40:32 AM PDT by Nikas777 (En touto nika, "In this, be victorious")
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To: Joann37
Isn’t this discourse more representative of “humanism”? Not to me. Humanism is a philosophy that says there is no supernatural entity and science rather than religious texts should guide behavior.
6 posted on 08/20/2009 8:42:51 AM PDT by Nikas777 (En touto nika, "In this, be victorious")
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To: Augustinian monk

http://www.newsmeat.com/fec/bystate_detail.php?st=CA&last=wilson&first=rita


7 posted on 08/20/2009 8:45:24 AM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: Nikas777

Love that Sally Quinn - the quintessimal example of sleeping your way to the top...she needs to GO AWAY...


8 posted on 08/20/2009 8:50:10 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: Nikas777

Given that the Eastern lung of the Church does not allow female ordination and presumably has the same moral strictures against abortion and homosexuality that the Western (Catholic) lung has, why do the Orthodox get a pass from the enlightened liberal elite (”moderate,” “welcoming”) when the Catholic Church is constantly excoriated by liberals?


9 posted on 08/20/2009 8:50:42 AM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: Nikas777

I had no idea that “Greek Orhodox” and “Born Again” were mutually exclusive.


10 posted on 08/20/2009 8:54:25 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (If you have a Right / To the Service I provide / I must be a Slave)
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To: Nikas777

Hanks and Wilson have been rumored for years to have an opn marriage.


11 posted on 08/20/2009 8:55:56 AM PDT by rintense (Senior Marketing / IT / UX architect unemployed and looking for work. Freepmail me if you have leads)
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To: Nikas777

She sounds like a liberal nut-job to me. Too bad.

-saying stuff like “the re-born Christian thing is based on fear...” -and then goes on about her greek orthodoxy allowing ‘acceptance’...

Translation: I wanna be able to do WHATEVER I wanna do, live HOWEVER I wanna live and not feel guilty when it’s wrong. BUT, I want fire insurance at the end of life...


12 posted on 08/20/2009 9:02:19 AM PDT by J40000
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To: Nikas777

She is the big lefty in the family, constantly driving Tom further to the left. Still kind of easy on the eyes though.


13 posted on 08/20/2009 9:04:00 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Nikas777
Rules:
14 posted on 08/20/2009 9:04:52 AM PDT by J40000
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To: J40000
LOL, how true, how true. They want "credit" for believing, but when presented with a choice between right and wrong, they uniformly back away and hide behind "if it's right for you....". They do not accept that there are absolute truths and morals.

Jesus was not very relative when he called the scribes and Pharisees hypocrites....

15 posted on 08/20/2009 9:06:23 AM PDT by WarEagle (Can America survive a President named Hussein?)
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To: J40000

16 posted on 08/20/2009 9:06:31 AM PDT by J40000
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To: Nikas777

Do you think she observes the strict Orthodox lent?

I find that very hard to believe.


17 posted on 08/20/2009 9:11:22 AM PDT by jtal
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To: Unam Sanctam

I don’t buy into the lungs heresy of the Catholics. Catholics need to stop inventing descriptions that are not patristic in origin to describe the Church.


18 posted on 08/20/2009 9:13:23 AM PDT by Nikas777 (En touto nika, "In this, be victorious")
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To: matginzac
Love that Sally Quinn - the quintessimal example of sleeping your way to the top...she needs to GO AWAY...

I don't get the Sally Quinn connection here but if you are saying Rita Wilson is riding her husband's coat tales?

Business wise it is probably the other way around. Wilson made Hanks more wealthy through her movie production business, especially from that annoying "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" movie. That stupid movie did for them money wise what 'The Passion" did for Mel Gibbson.

19 posted on 08/20/2009 9:18:41 AM PDT by Nikas777 (En touto nika, "In this, be victorious")
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To: Augustinian monk
Sorry, but I'm half Greek, and Greek Orthodox is hardly accepting of the deviances this Hollywood crowd celebrates.

Their idea of religion mirrors that of the group Moses found at the base of Sinai dancing around the Golden Calf.

Nam Vet

20 posted on 08/20/2009 9:20:00 AM PDT by Nam Vet (Obozo (the health expert) thinks innuendo is an Italian suppository.)
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To: jtal

I don’t get the argument? It is like saying Gibson is not hot about his Catholic religion because he is getting a divorce/separation.


21 posted on 08/20/2009 9:20:17 AM PDT by Nikas777 (En touto nika, "In this, be victorious")
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To: rintense

I googled it but did not see any evidence of your claim. Sadly. Because I think I would have had a chance with Rita.


22 posted on 08/20/2009 9:21:47 AM PDT by Nikas777 (En touto nika, "In this, be victorious")
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To: Nikas777

Oh its gossip. I’ve read it several times on the rag boards. Who knows if its true.


23 posted on 08/20/2009 9:22:53 AM PDT by rintense (Senior Marketing / IT / UX architect unemployed and looking for work. Freepmail me if you have leads)
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To: Nikas777

Thought the thread said Quinn has a program and Wilson was being interviewed for it? Quinn has no business having any kind of credibility in journalism as everyone who’s been around DC long knows she slept with Ben Bradley and suddenly had a meteoric rise at the WaPo. As for Wilson, I bow to your superior wisdom on that subject....


24 posted on 08/20/2009 9:23:53 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: J40000

Not guilty — at least on non-theological grounds.


25 posted on 08/20/2009 9:25:14 AM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican ("During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." --Orwell)
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To: WarEagle
Who is they? Can you show me an example were what Rita Wilson did violated her faith - other than voting for Democrats which of course to some means you can't be a good Christian I guess.

I would agree that would be a good argument, by the way. I would also not argue with someone who says he can't support any political party and be a good Christian as well as things have gone these past decades.

26 posted on 08/20/2009 9:26:16 AM PDT by Nikas777 (En touto nika, "In this, be victorious")
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To: matginzac

Im sorry. I did not understand the reference. Thank you for clarifying.


27 posted on 08/20/2009 9:26:49 AM PDT by Nikas777 (En touto nika, "In this, be victorious")
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To: Unam Sanctam

I don’t know what Greek Orthodox church she attends. Maybe there is a Hollywood branch for folks like her. As a Roman Catholic, I have found that any Orthodox church in areas where I have lived are as conservative or even more conservative in their observance of Christianity.


28 posted on 08/20/2009 9:27:20 AM PDT by CdMGuy
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To: rintense

Dang. I was about to fly to Hollywood to test it out.


29 posted on 08/20/2009 9:27:38 AM PDT by Nikas777 (En touto nika, "In this, be victorious")
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To: Nikas777

No prob - Quinn is one of my favorite bugaboos - I’ve lived in DC off and on and DC society is SOOOO into her! She’s a skank who doesn’t deserve the attention...


30 posted on 08/20/2009 9:29:18 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: matginzac

I never heard of her before now.


31 posted on 08/20/2009 9:33:52 AM PDT by Nikas777 (En touto nika, "In this, be victorious")
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To: Nikas777

Note to self - avoid any postings on celebrities - it gets people too upset.


32 posted on 08/20/2009 9:35:36 AM PDT by Nikas777 (En touto nika, "In this, be victorious")
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To: Nikas777

Good for you! It means you are officially “outside the beltway”!!! Congrats and keep up the good work!! :)


33 posted on 08/20/2009 9:43:02 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: J40000

Just a middle of the road, middle of the roader.


34 posted on 08/20/2009 9:46:13 AM PDT by Mashood
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To: Nikas777

Using a description is a “heresy”?


35 posted on 08/20/2009 9:57:09 AM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: Pyro7480

Yea.


36 posted on 08/20/2009 9:59:50 AM PDT by Nikas777 (En touto nika, "In this, be victorious")
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To: Augustinian monk

“wonderfully moderate, accepting faith.”

Seems like she has a very loose grasp of Orthodoxy. While I concur with “accepting faith” in the sense of having open arms to all sinners, I would definitely not call the OC wonderfully moderate. It’s anything but. As for “accepting”, definitely also not, if she means “tolerant” in the PC sense. Maybe the OC has a loony/lite parish in Hollywood for those that can’t see past the end of their noses. Although I hope that’s not the case.


37 posted on 08/20/2009 3:18:59 PM PDT by RedDogzRule (God bless America...because God knows we need it, especially now...!)
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To: Unam Sanctam

“why do the Orthodox get a pass from the enlightened liberal elite (”moderate,” “welcoming”) when the Catholic Church is constantly excoriated by liberals?”

Most likely due to the fact that everything “ethnic” is considered “cool” by the Left, whereas mainstream/familiar Christianity in America is already “boring” to them. Just shows their ignorance: if only they knew just how tough Orthodoxy is and how solid the Orthodox Church’s stances are on moral issues. Plus, the OC is just not well known in the US, like the RCC is.


38 posted on 08/20/2009 3:23:30 PM PDT by RedDogzRule (God bless America...because God knows we need it, especially now...!)
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To: Nikas777

“Note to self - avoid any postings on celebrities - it gets people too upset.”

No, Nikas, it wasn’t the celebrity part, it was the part about her faith.

I believe the Greek Orthodox faith is some sort of Christian sect, yet when asked about her concept of the “divine”, she neglected to mention our Lord Jesus Christ, the head of the Christian church!

That’s what “got my goat”, anyway.

But thanks for posting - it was a provocative post and garnered many good comments.


39 posted on 08/20/2009 3:39:56 PM PDT by Joann37
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To: Nikas777

Quote: “I find the Greek Orthodox Church a sort of a wonderfully moderate, accepting faith.”

Oh, there would be sooooo many Greek saints rolling in their graves...if they weren’t already in heaven.


40 posted on 08/20/2009 5:11:14 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: vladimir998

It sounds like she thinks she’s in the Episcopal Church, only with better food.


41 posted on 08/20/2009 5:54:32 PM PDT by Tax-chick (If you've ever discovered your cow eating a guest in the barn, you'll understand.)
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To: Nikas777

The lungs “heresy”? And a happy ecumenical note to you too.


42 posted on 08/20/2009 8:03:17 PM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: Joann37
I believe the Greek Orthodox faith is some sort of Christian sect

Sect?

43 posted on 08/21/2009 5:25:44 AM PDT by Nikas777 (En touto nika, "In this, be victorious")
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To: vladimir998
Until you prove your claim that you hold a PhD I will consider your posts those of a liar.

In Greek to be a moderate has nothing to do with politics. It means to be even tempered, etc.

The link at # 5 the patristic path of moderation, a mean between extremes; this is what the Holy Fathers call the ROYAL PATH. The teaching of this "royal path" is set forth, for example, in the tenth of St. Abba Dorotheus' Spiritual lnstructions, where he quotes especially the Book of Deuteronomy: Ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left, but go by the royal path (Deut. 5:32, 17:11)

44 posted on 08/21/2009 5:27:46 AM PDT by Nikas777 (En touto nika, "In this, be victorious")
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To: Tax-chick; Joann37; Unam Sanctam; RedDogzRule
Link is @ # 5 in response to what I assume she meant by moderate, which I think has zero to do with politics but if you are someone who is into politics 24/7 as your religion I would assume moderate took on a political description rather than a spiritual one.

the patristic path of moderation, a mean between extremes; this is what the Holy Fathers call the ROYAL PATH. The teaching of this "royal path" is set forth, for example, in the tenth of St. Abba Dorotheus' Spiritual lnstructions, where he quotes especially the Book of Deuteronomy: Ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left, but go by the royal path (Deut. 5:32, 17:11)

Which is one of the reasons Greek philosophers from Athens and Alexandria who started off as pagans and then converted to Christianity proclaimed in their writings that Christianity and what it proclaimed were in line with the best of Greek philosophical thoughts.

One of which was the Greek philosophical view of "moderation in all things".

Moderate drink, moderate consumption. Moderate living.

In fact St. John Chrysostome wrote against living in extravagant mansions and prescribed how many rooms a home should have.

I guess the political connection arises from the fact that she supports Democrats over Republicans though as someone who is not a member of either party I can't see how one party is more Christ like than the other.

45 posted on 08/21/2009 5:38:15 AM PDT by Nikas777 (En touto nika, "In this, be victorious")
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To: Unam Sanctam; Nikas777
Given that the Eastern lung of the Church does not allow female ordination and presumably has the same moral strictures against abortion and homosexuality that the Western (Catholic) lung has, why do the Orthodox get a pass from the enlightened liberal elite (”moderate,” “welcoming”) when the Catholic Church is constantly excoriated by liberals?

because we Catholics are a bigger target... Anyway, I think it also works well -- many Protestants are brainwashed to think Catholic=Eeeevil, so they find it easier to move to the Orthodoxy. Well and good, as long as they come to an Apostolic Church, this Catholic is happy. Only, they shouldn't bring their knee-jerk anti-Catholic attitudes to the EO Church (which has it's own political grievances with the West)
46 posted on 08/21/2009 6:18:24 AM PDT by Cronos (Ceterum censeo, Mecca et Medina delendae sunt + Jindal 2K12)
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To: Nikas777

Wilson was born Margarita Ibrahimova in Los Angeles, California. Her father, a Pomak (Muslim Bulgarian)[2] who worked at a racetrack, was born in Greece; he later converted to Orthodoxy. Before emigrating to the U.S., he had lived in Bulgaria and Turkey


47 posted on 08/21/2009 6:21:16 AM PDT by Cronos (Ceterum censeo, Mecca et Medina delendae sunt + Jindal 2K12)
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To: Cronos; Unam Sanctam
Rita Wilson is cradle Greek Orthodox and not a convert to the faith.

As a Greek I did find it odd that the Catholic inspired film 'The Exorcist' had the young Jesuit priest be an ethnic Greek.

48 posted on 08/21/2009 6:21:44 AM PDT by Nikas777 (En touto nika, "In this, be victorious")
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To: Cronos

Her mother was Greek and the father who was culturally Greek (or culturally Balkan - very little difference) but ethnically Pomack.


49 posted on 08/21/2009 6:23:20 AM PDT by Nikas777 (En touto nika, "In this, be victorious")
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To: Cronos; Unam Sanctam

PS: I wrote the second part of my post badly in reference to the movie ‘The Exorcist’ in response to Cronos’ comment about Catholics and popular culture.


50 posted on 08/21/2009 6:25:56 AM PDT by Nikas777 (En touto nika, "In this, be victorious")
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