A Reflection: Orthodox Christian Unity is Proper Response for Global and Fragmented World

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by George Matsoukas, Executive Director of Orthodox Christian Laity The Orthodox Christian Church is in the Paschal Season.  Having attended the many services of preparation for the Resurrection of Christ and as we await Pentecost, we know that the Holy Spirit is present everywhere and that brothers and sisters must dwell together in unity, which is the Christian norm.   During this season, we must continue to pray that the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops finds the humility to move … [Read more...]

Orthodox Church in America becomes member of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  On May 13, 2013, the Board of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) unanimously approved the application forwarded by the Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Institutional Chaplaincies seeking formal faith tradition membership in the organization.  The original application had been submitted to ACPE in December 2012. ACPE primarily certifies clinical pastoral education supervisors who run CPE programs and … [Read more...]

IOCC Responds To Victims Of Oklahoma City Tornadoes

IOCC Responds To Victims of Oklahoma City Tornadoes May 21, 2013 Candice Lopez and Stephanie Davis sift the remains of a neighbor’s home after it was destroyed by a series of tornadoes near Shawnee, Oklahoma. (Photo: Brett Deering/Getty Images) As survivors sift through the devastation left behind by tornadoes that ripped through Oklahoma City and claimed the lives of 24 people, nine of them children, please join IOCC in praying for the families and lost loved ones. IOCC has … [Read more...]

Assembly of Bishops starts with prayer for Kosovo

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Source: B92 BELGRADE -- Patriarch Irinej, along with 12 bishops, on Tuesday served liturgy in Belgrade, marking the start of the regular spring session of the Holy Assembly of Bishops. The gathering is set to last for several days. Irinej said a prayer for a successful gathering of the Church's top legislative body, for the well-being of the Church and the people who faced serious challenges. In his sermon at the end of today's liturgy, the patriarch stated that Kosovo and Metohija … [Read more...]

2013 Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday

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Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America 2013 Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday Encyclical June 9, 2013 Be diligent to come to me quickly; for Demas has forsaken me...only Luke is with me. 2 Timothy 4:9-11 To the Most Reverend Clergy, Venerable Monastics and Devout Laity of the Orthodox Churches in North and Central America: Dearly Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Christ is Risen! We greet you in the surpassing joy of the Risen Christ. … [Read more...]

Ecumenical Patriarch: even amid persecution and attacks on family, the Church endures

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Source: Catholic World News At a conference commemorating the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan, in which Emperor Constantine decreed the toleration of Christianity in the Roman Empire, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople said that “the divinely-inspired Emperor established in action and legislation the fundamental principles on which modern Christian societies – and by extension and analogy, the entire world – are based to this day.” “The basic human rights, for … [Read more...]

Egypt’s Copts again under attack, but ex-nuncio sees positive strides

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Source: Catholic World News Egypt’s Christian minority suffered two more violent assaults during the past week, with bombings at Coptic Orthodox churches in two different towns. A mob of Muslim militants attacked the church of St. Mary in Alexandria, setting fires and shattering windows with Molotov cocktails. In the village of Menbal another Muslim gang broke into a Coptic church, threw stones, and looted nearby shops owned by Christians. In both cases, the confrontations were traced to … [Read more...]

Church keeps fingers crossed for funding [Alaska]

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Proposed $230K would fund anti-fire, anti-theft systems Source: Peninsula Clarion By Brian Smith Sitting at his dinner table, looking out his window at the Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church, Father Thomas Andrew said he sometimes worries about the church he heads. “Nobody knows if something is going to happen,” he said. Currently, the church is protected from fire only by two fire extinguishers and the priest’s watch. But, a proposed $230,000 from the … [Read more...]

St. Tikhon’s Seminary Continuing Clergy Education Symposium

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS] - In association with its 75th Anniversary Celebration, Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary here will host its 2013 Continuing Clergy Education Symposium June 18-20, 2013. Speakers and presentation themes to be featured include the following. “The Glory of Christ-Centered Marriage”—David Ford, Ph.D., Professor of Church History, Saint Tikhon’s Seminary.  A brief study of various Church Fathers and contemporary elders … [Read more...]

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Opens Seminar on Religious Freedom Celebrating the 1700th Anniversary of the Edict of Milan

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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America CONSTANTINOPLE -  His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew declared open this morning the Seminar on Religious Freedom Today celebrating  the  1700th anniversary of the Emperor Constantine’s Edict of Milan. The Seminar, organized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in cooperation with the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE), is being held in Istanbul (17-18 May) with the participation of international speakers and … [Read more...]