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On Rigor Mortis of the Church

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Source: Classical Christianity I think that one of the most important problems facing the Orthodox Church in Russia, and even beyond its borders, is the ideological rigor mortis of the Church. The Church is considered as a kind of dead body; it is thought to be frozen and that nothing should be changed in it. It is understandable that we should not change dogmatics and Church Tradition — no one argues with that. However, the problem is that people try to preserve superstitions and false … [Read more...]

HCHC Closer to Selecting New President

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Source: The National Herald BY THEODORE KALMOUKOS BOSTON, MA – The search for a new president for Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (HCHC) has entered into its final stage, according to an official news release (Feb. 26) and statements made to TNH by Dr. Tomas Lelon, Chairman of the Search Committee. The candidates have been interviewed over the phone by Dimitra Manis, Human Resources executive and also parish council member of the Archdiocesan Cathedral of … [Read more...]

Russia’s Orthodox Soft Power

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Source: Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs by NICOLAI N. PETRO Note from Nicolai N. Petro1 Abstract For many analysts the term Russky mir, or Russian World, epitomizes an expansionist and messianic Russian foreign policy, the perverse intersection of the interests of the Russian state and the Russian Orthodox Church. Little noted is that the term actually means something quite different for each party. For the state it is a tool for expanding Russia's cultural … [Read more...]

Church leaders pray for the nation ahead of General Election in England

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Source: Independent Catholic News Anglican, Catholic, Free Church, new church, Orthodox, Pentecostal. and other invited church leaders met together to pray with the Six Presidents of Churches Together in England in Westminster Central Hall on Friday, as the country prepares for a General Election. Open prayer from the Pentecostal tradition was followed by a sung Orthodox liturgy. The Archbishop of Canterbury led the Litany for Reconciliation from Coventry Cathedral and the Cardinal Archbishop … [Read more...]

Father Thomas Hopko Remembered

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity For many years, the Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) Board has been blessed to have Father Thomas Hopko, of blessed memory, serve as an advisory board member.  We have been enriched by his prayers and council. He never hesitated to express his views.  He provided the organization with a perspective that was strong, clear and related to his convictions and integrity.   From all that is being written at this time of his falling asleep in the Lord, we are … [Read more...]

Understanding Francis

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Source: Our Sunday Visitor A look at the meaning and motivation behind our frank pope Austen Ivereigh OSV Newsweekly Last month in Rome, a senior Catholic commentator was contacted by a U.S. news channel. Could he come into the studio to explain what Pope Francis meant when he said that couples who choose not to have children are part of a “greedy generation”? They were still absorbing his suggestion that Catholics shouldn’t breed like rabbits, which had offended people with big … [Read more...]

Memory Eternal: Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko

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Source: Orthodox Church in America Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus of Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, NY, and noted Orthodox Christian priest, theologian, preacher, and speaker, fell asleep in the Lord on the afternoon of March 18, 2015.Father Thomas was the beloved husband of Matushka Anne [Schmemann] Hopko. They were married on June 9, 1963. Together, Father Thomas and Anne are the parents of five children, sixteen grandchildren, and three … [Read more...]

Moving the Mountain: The Management of Relational Stewardship

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Source: Frankly Speaking - OINOS Educational Consulting by Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D. “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”  ~ Matthew 17:20 Major donors confirm that they were “moved” to generosity. When asked what inspired them to make a commitment, financial pacesetters commonly describe a process of meaningful cultivation whereby their … [Read more...]

Pope Francis and the politics of a (maybe) short papacy

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Source: Crux PLUS: Predictions for an unpredictable pope, Catholic/Orthodox ties, and American Catholicism at its best by John L. Allen Jr., Associate editor Pope Francis marked the second anniversary of his election on Friday with yet another blockbuster media interview, this one with the Mexican network Televisa. One headline from the conversation with veteran Vatican reporter Valentina Alazraki focused on his expectations for a short papacy. As he has on other occasions, Francis … [Read more...]

Join Us for the Pan Orthodox Midwest Convention!

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Source: Pan Orthodox United May 29-31st 2015 in Akron, Ohio! A fun-filled weekend for the entire Family, where we connect with each other and learn more about living our faith! Learn to dance various cultural dances, and participate in a charity walk to benefit Focus North America and Zoe for Life!!   Registration Open To:  Individuals, Soccer Teams, Dance Groups Click here to register today! … [Read more...]