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Source: Orthodox Church in AmericaSaint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary [SVOTS] will host another free webinar to highlight its Doctor of Ministry program, which will focus on Substance Use Disorders [SUD]. The webinar, set for Thursday, February 28, 2019, will feature recent graduate Rev. Alcuin Kellerhouse, D. Min. and his project, titled “Responding to Substance Use Disorders.” “We read of the impact of the opioid epidemic on our society, and in the ministries our clergy encounter Substance Use Disorders in a variety of settings,” explained Father Alcuin. “This presentation will explore how Orthodox clergy perceive the adequacy of their preparation, their…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America In the fall of 1983 — the very first year of the Oratorical Festival — Mike Emanuel’s parish priest, Father Alexander Leondis encouraged all the GOYAns to participate in the Oratorical Festival. Mike, who was very involved in GOYA, began writing his speech with nervous anticipation of getting up in front of an audience. As he was a shy child, Mike credits the Oratorical Festival (and the Sights and Sounds arts, literary, music and theater competition hosted by his home parish) with helping him get out of his shell. Speaking in front of people…

Source: Public Orthodoxy by Aristotle Papanikolaou Amidst the culture wars, the word “traditionalist” has gained currency and has been co-opted in a variety of ways. Broadly, it is a self-naming mostly by those who identify as religious and are seemingly faithful to their religious tradition in the face of attacks either against religion in general or by others within their religious tradition who challenge various givens of that tradition. For the Orthodox Christian crowd, a very simple example would suffice: a self-named traditionalist would typically oppose the ordination of women to the diaconate, while a non-traditionalist—usually called, pejoratively, a liberal—might…

Source: The National Herald By Theodore Kalmoukos Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is expected to visit the U.S. in July. He has been invited by secretary of State Mike Pompeo to speak at a Conference about the Natural Environment. The National Herald has learned that Patriarch Bartholomew has accepted Pompeo’s invitation. The Patriarch will also make an archpastoral visit to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Bartholomew visited America ten years ago on October of 2009.

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Great Lent is our time to prepare for the great feast of Pascha. And we want to help you make the most of it. The Sunday of the Publican & Pharisee is the first day of the Triodion period, which runs all the way through to Holy and Great Saturday. That’s 10 Sundays of incredibly moving Gospel and Epistle readings; passages that will help open our hearts as we prepare ourselves for Pascha. But we all know that understanding the Scripture isn’t easy… That’s why we’ve created a new Live the Word Bible Study…

Source: ABC News Greece’s prime minister says a potential move by Turkey to allow the reopening of an Orthodox seminary on an island off Istanbul would help bring ordinary Greeks and Turks closer. By EMRAH GUREL Associated Press ISTANBUL — Feb 6, 2019 — A potential move by Turkey to allow the reopening of a Greek Orthodox theology school on the island of Halki, off Istanbul, would help bring the two countries closer together, Greece’s prime minister said Wednesday. During a visit to the site, Alexis Tsipras voiced hope that the seminary at Heybeli Island —known as Halki in Greek — can resume teaching after…

Source: University of St. Katherine Office of the President Dear Friends of the University of Saint Katherine, We have so many blessings and challenges that require our deliberate attention and prayer. Most importantly, we ask you to pray that the Holy Spirit will enable us to address our challenges and achieve our goals so that we can advance the Kingdom of Jesus Christ through education, scholarship, and service. We ask you to join us in prayer for: A new year that is full of promise and opportunity to serve one another and our communities, The 200 USK students pursuing their…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Overview of the History of OCL Presented by Executive Director George Matsoukas in the IOTA Session: “SHOWCASE OF ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN ORGANIZATIONS” International Orthodox Theological Association Inaugural Conference, Iasi, Romania Why are we here?… Why have we exerted so much effort, time and expense to be together?… I am here from the United States representing Orthodox Christian Laity, because I am an Orthodox Christian and rejoice that I am part of the right-believing, right-worshipping and right-living Christian faith! I am also here, though, to challenge us on that “right-living” aspect. While we proclaim that we are united…

Source: OINOS Educational Consulting by Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP “There is a lad here, with five barley loaves, and two small fishes. But what are they among so many?” John 6:9 Who will be the next generation of philanthropists? Where will they come from? Will they emerge on their own, or will they be mentored into existence by charitable-minded parents? Like other aspects of human literacy, religious, nonprofit, and educational organizations have an obligation to help surface the next generation of philanthropists by providing strategic opportunities of philanthro-paideia that will nurture the language of altruism in the young. The ancient…

Source: St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary 9-12 January 2019 • Iași, Romania St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVOTS) had a strong presence at the Inaugural Conference of the International Orthodox Theological Association (IOTA). IOTA assembled in Iaşi, Romania on January 9-12, 2019. Founded by University of St. Thomas Professor Dr. Paul Gavrilyuk and a group of leading scholars, IOTA’s mission is to promote the international exchange of knowledge within the context of the Orthodox tradition. ’With several hundred scholars from over 40 countries and all six continents, IOTA has called its Inaugural Conference the largest and most representative gathering of Orthodox church leaders, scholars, and…

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