I come here after asking an EO friend of mine if there is a good board to learn about Orthodoxy on. He pointed me to "orthodoxchristianity.net" (run by EO, but with a section for OO), and a link on that board pointed me to Tasbeha.org. I have been here before to listen to hymns, and now I am interested to learn more about the faith. I am very much interested in the Oriental Orthodox churches, and there aren't any near me, so perhaps this is a good alternative until I can find one to visit in person.
A little bit about myself: I am Roman Catholic, although I am inactive/lapsed due to various problems I have with RC dogma that make it inadvisable to return. I was raised Presbyterian, but I left that church after some unpleasantness at an early age following the passing of my mother, and spent many years outside of any church, but still trying to communicate with God. I do not know why He is now creating in me this desire to know more about Orthodoxy, but I hope I can do that here in addition to my own private readings (I have found copies of Fr. Tadrous Malaty's "Introduction to the Coptic Orthodox Church" and a Arabic/Coptic/English translation of the Liturgy of St. Basil, both of which I read whenever I can).
I am also a graduate student in linguistics, an avid collector of music from around the world (with special interest in liturgical chant from all Christian traditions), a student of various foreign languages (it comes with the linguistics study, though I was also raised with two languages), and a long-time admirer of HH Pope Shenouda III. ;)
I look forward to learning a lot from all of you, and participating in some friendly, interesting discussions.
Thanks for your time,
Dzheremi (because "Jeremy" is always taken...)