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Source: Orthodox Christianity Interview by Olga Orlova with Metropolitan Nikolaos of Mesogaia and Lavreotiki Every one of us is a potential saint, even if we do not believe right now! Metropolitan Nicholas (Khadzhinkolai) of Mesogaia and Lavreotiki, a hierarch of the Greek Orthodox Church, considers disbelief the most valuable experience in the spiritual life. “I didn’t need someone’s stories and arguments about Christ; I was looking to experience His presence.” —Despota Nicholas, why does disbelief have meaning and value for you? It is, quite frankly, paradoxical to hear from a metropolitan… —Because the Lord reveals Himself only to those who…

Source: St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary Yonkers, NY – The Board of Trustees of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVOTS) has appointed Archpriest Dr. Chad Hatfield as president of the Seminary for another five years. The Board, chaired by His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, primate of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), made the decision at its semi-annual meeting on Friday, May 17, 2019. The trustees in attendance voted unanimously to appoint Fr. Chad to a new five-year term. His current term expires in June. “Father Chad has faithfully served the seminary now for twelve years, first as chancellor and then as president after the Seminary launched its new…

Source: Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry OUR MISSION To share the love of Christ and His Church with those who are incarcerated and their families so that lives are transformed and God is glorified. To all the Clergy and the Laity of the Holy Orthodox Churches in the United States; Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ: CHRIST IS RISEN! The Hierarchs of The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America have approved the sixth Sunday of Pascha, Sunday, June 2nd, of this year, to be Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday in all Orthodox parishes of North America.  “Let there always be…

by Katie Kelaidis, PhD Over the past year, I have been engaged an effort to understand how and why Orthodox Christianity has increasingly become a bastion for far-right extremists of various stripes. This is both a professional and personal interest. As a scholar, I am interested in how history is deployed in the service of contemporary political discourse, particularly on the far-right. As a practicing Orthodox Christian, I want to challenge us to think about the ways in which our witness to the world suggests that the Orthodox faith might very well be a safe haven for those who would…

Source: The Jakarta Post Yekaterinburg, Russia — Hundreds of people from the Russian Urals city of Yekaterinburg protested Tuesday against a controversial plan to build a Russian Orthodox cathedral in a central park. Dozens of anti-riot police ringed the protest site late Tuesday and made several arrests, an AFP journalist said. Local authorities cited by the Interfax news agency spoke of 10 detentions. The Kremlin said it was monitoring the situation after some 2,000 activists toppled a fence around a construction site and clashed with security guards and martial arts enthusiasts linked to an investor in the project. Tensions around plans…

Source: Hometown Life (USA Today Network) Susan Bromley Thousands of miles and hundreds of years separate St. Mary’s Basilica in Livonia from many of the most revered cathedrals in the world. On a recent Wednesday Vlasios Tsotsonis worked to bridge a continental divide as he brought the divine to the Wayne County church. Perched high on scaffolding in the northern cove of the basilica’s sanctuary, in paint-splattered pants, Tsotsonis writ large the scene of the Passion of Christ. He is nearing completion of a years-long masterpiece of which his canvas covers hundreds of feet of walls and ceilings with Biblical iconography in St.…

Source: American Institute of Architects By William Richards In his essay “Paris Not Flooded,” Roland Barthes asks us to see the great flood of January 1955 as a creative force that erased roads and sidewalks. It forced Parisians to row to the grocer and priests to enter churches in canoes, “making disaster itself provide evidence that the world is manageable.” If Barthes were to write “Notre-Dame Not Ablaze,” he might ask us to see the April 15 fire and its aftermath as evidence of something useful like a lesson or a sacrament. It will be a long while before that evidence…

Source: Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate Originally published on April 15, 2019 With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey, an Archon symposium was held at the St. Sophia, Sts. Faith, Hope and Agape Greek Orthodox Church in Jeffersonville, PA on Saturday, March 30, 2019, focusing on the historical, canonical and ecclesiastical status of the female diaconate, including a fresh look at the role of deacons in the Orthodox Church and an examination of whether the Church will lose young women if questions around the female diaconate are not addressed. Regional Commander Dr. Cary J. Limberakis, who…

Source: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Early bird price $2,295 per person Book early and save. Early bird price available until June 15, 2019. $2,295/person double occupancy    single supplement $675 Join your fellow Orthodox believers in the 50th Anniversary celebrations of St. Herman of Alaska’s canonization and the 50th Anniversary of the OCA’s autocephaly in 2020.  Guaranteed dates are sponsored by the dioceses of the OCA.  This will be a special trip for all Orthodox believers.  Sign up early and save. Regular price $2,525/person. Included: *  7 days/6 nights accommodation *  round trip air to Kodiak from Anchorage *  excursion…

Source: Christian Today A US pastor has been barred from re-entering Turkey in a further sign of the country’s antagonism towards foreign Christians. Mike Platt, a volunteer pastor at Kadikoy International Church in Istanbul, was barred from re-entry on Wednesday after travelling outside the country. Middle East Concern (MEC) reports that he was warned by the border authorities when he left the country on April 2 that there was an entry ban against him and that he would be refused re-entry. This ban was enforced when he tried to re-enter this week.  He was subsequently held at the airport and…

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