Going to Another City

Leaving Facebook and moving to MeWe

To all my beloved readers and followers both on this blog and on Facebook….

As you know my Facebook account was recently closed, allegedly for “possibly being hacked”. We were informed, however, but some people whose acquaintances work within the company, that my “Abbot Tryphon” account was actually flagged for content in violation of FaceBook’s terms. While it is true that I would raise issues in my discussions that are very much against the current trends of thought in our country, both I and others were still surprised that it was closed without any possible way to appeal, even with one last post to tell people where else they could go to look at the same content.

On another level, however, we should not be surprised. The intellectual and politically acceptable currents in our country have been moving in that direction for some time, and both the information media, the educational institutions and the entertainment/multimedia (both online and otherwise) have been slowly following suit as well.

The speed at which it was advanced to a noticeable degree occurred in the wake of the hubbub around the recent Presidential election, and many individuals, small companies and even medium sized companies have found themselves suddenly cut off from the ability to use the larger platforms of online media, such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and the rest.

Fortunately there are other platforms whose terms of service are not as strictly worded in accordance with the less uplifting movements of the times, and we have the opportunity to use them and continue our ministry for now.

In many ways I think the teaching of our Lord applies in this situation – if one city does not accept your teaching then simply shake the dust off of your feet and go to another city. Do not get caught up in the past, or resentments about how things are “unfair”, or become ensnared by the temptation of “gloom-and-doom”, lamenting how all the world is going to hell in a hand basket or anything of sort. We are called to keep spreading the truth of Orthodoxy, and must use whatever means we can with calmness of soul and gratitude to God that His Providence is over all things.

With that in mind, we are creating a new group on the social networking platform MeWe. Anyone can join the group.


Please continue to keep us in your prayers and good wishes, and please continue to pray for the world and all its people. The times are dark, yes, but all the more should we shine the light of Christ to our neighbors, family and friends, striving and praying for Him to shine and work His will through us as He sees and knows best, trusting in all things in His Goodness.

Love in Christ,

Abbot Tryphon

About Abbot Tryphon

The Very. Rev. Abbot Tryphon is Igumen of All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island, Washington. Situated in the heart of a beautiful forest, surrounded by the Salish Sea, the monastery is reached by ferry from either Seattle, or Tacoma, Washington.


  1. Welcome to MeWe, Father! I’ve posted on FB that you’ve moved but I think they automatically block anything with “MeWe” in it. We’ll see. Maybe some people will see it prior to its being taken down.

  2. Thank you so much Abbot Tryphon! I have received your messages via email for quite a few years now, but I detest Facebook. I have happily downloaded the MeWe app and look forward to receiving your God Inspired words via this venue.

  3. Father,

    Since your Facebook account has been absurdly suspended, is it possible to just read your post here?

  4. Don’t be surprised , Father, if you don’t toe the “woke” line with these woke technocratic companies… off with yer head! …, figuratively of course. I wouldn’t give “Fakebook” any validation by being on it, though I’m sure you may have started there when it seemed innocuous . And agree , Christians need to “shake the dust off our collective feet” and go down to the next agora , as it were, that would be more receptive.

    Blest day, Father.

  5. Wow, I think the main thrust of all of this censorship is not only to control the narrative of what people hear; it’s an attack on Christian values and Christianity itself.

      1. I believe the founder was baptized evangelical, but often posts and shares about Orthodoxy. He may be finding his way Home soon! Even more of a reason why we need more Orthodox voices on that platform.

  6. Father…
    I am very haPpy to hear of this opportunity that opened in a new way. I signed up today.
    I was first very sad a few weeks ago. I appreciate your lovely perspective …
    Seeing it all through our faith.
    Glory to Jesus Christ!

  7. Father
    Please consider joining Gab.com. The volume of lies being told about them illustrates how the same forces that removed you also fears them.

  8. How wonderful that you are coming to join us all on MeWe, Father! Good for you and good for us! I’m delighted!

  9. Dear Father Tryphon,
    Please, create a Telegram channel, so we can follow you on Telegram too.
    Yours in God,
    Mark Scheider.

  10. The word is getting around on FB about what happened to you and why your page disappeared. Your ‘Dark Forces’ blog was linked to ‘Trust the Fathers’, another Orthodox FB group I follow. If it’s getting posted there, I’m sure it’s getting posted on other pages too. Ironic – FB being used to spread the word of its own malpractice. Anyway, I thought you’d take comfort in knowing that some more of your FB friends are seeing what happened to you. They know you didn’t abandon them. The ‘Trust the Fathers‘ post also shared links to your Ancient Faith blog and Mewe page.

  11. Grateful to read your words here. It’s unfortunate that FB and Instagram has shut down so many who wish to speak freely. First, I remember being surprised in Dec 2020 when they took away Robert F Kennedy’s account. It is censorship, they only want their one side, their agenda promoted and propaganda. I deleted my FB account.

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