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Source: Moscow Times A Russian Orthodox cathedral set to be built for the country’s armed forces will reportedly train military priests, the head of a foundation in charge of collecting donations for its construction has said. Blueprints for the Armed Forces cathedral were reportedly unveiled at the Venice Bienalle on Thursday, two months after the Russian Defense Ministry began collecting donations to build the megastructure. Reports this year disclosed plans to trainpriests embedded with the Airborne Troops to drive combat vehicles and operate communication equipment. “A school for military priests is being built and the institute of Sisters of Charity [nurses] will…

Source: Vatican News Pope Francis has sent a message to Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople on the occasion of the Nov. 30 feast of St. Andrew, patron of the Patriarchate. By Robin Gomes Despite differences between Catholics and Orthodox Christians, Pope Francis said the two communities are called to be a sign of hope by working together for peace, human dignity and care of creation. St. Andrew “We can work together today in the search for peace among peoples, for the abolition of all forms of slavery, for the respect and dignity of every human being and for the care of creation,”…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Very Reverend Chad Hatfield – “Pan-Orthodoxy: Truth or Fiction?” Paula Kappos: Zoe For Life Cleveland’s Eastern Orthodox Women’s Guild: Karen Felon Paul Finley: FOCUS Local Director History of Pan-Orthodoxy in Cleveland: Father Remus Grama Cleveland”s Orthodox Christian Brotherhood of Priests: Father Alessandro Margheritino IOCC Cleveland Roots – Bert Moyar

via Public Orthodoxy Michael G. Azar Amid the growth of Islamist persecution in the last few years, a variety of think tanks and politicians have sought to bring the plight of Christians in the Middle East to the forefront of American politics. Amid such fervor, Israeli leaders have also claimed their role in the defense of Christians. Prime Minister Netanyahu recently told a Jerusalem gathering of over 180 Christian media representatives that Israel is the protector of the Christian people and “the only place in the Middle East” where Christians have “the freedom to worship as they please.” Together, he explained,…

In This Issue: Conference Exhibit | Short Communications | Pamphlet Distribution | Co-Laborer Organizations Conference Update: An interview with Dr. Paul Gavrilyuk, Founding President CONFERENCE BOOK EXHIBIT TO BENEFIT THE EMERGENT SCHOLARS.In the spirit of international collaboration, all IOTA members are welcome to bring one-two author’s copies of their books to be exhibited and sold at the Inaugural Conference on January 9-12, 2019 in Iasi, Romania. 100% of all proceeds of the Book Exhibit will go to support travel grants for emergent scholars to the next IOTA conference. The Exhibit has three goals: to provide international exposure for the work of…

Source: Basilica.ro by Aurelian Iftimiu On the forefeast of Saint John Chrysostom, November 12, His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel inaugurated the Consilium House of the National Cathedral’s Chapel. BUCHAREST, ROMANIA — Following the blessing service, His Beatitude referred to the way the new building will be used by the priests and believers. He said that given its capacity, agape meals will be held inside. Also, that it may serve as a place of gathering for the Chapel’s volunteers, as well as for those who work on the National Cathedral’s construction site. Consilium House. Photo: Basilica.ro In his speech, the Patriarch said that…

Source: Basilica.ro by Iulian Dumitraşcu His Eminence Metropolitan Silouan of the British Isles and Ireland has established a new men’s cenobitic brotherhood within the Antiochian Patriarchate. The Brotherhood of the Glorious Apostles Peter and Paul has been blessed to inhabit the Monastery of St Antony and St Cuthbert, reports. The Brotherhood of the Glorious Apostles Peter and Paul is the name given to the community of monks who live at the monastery. Any Orthodox Christian man, over the age of 18 years, may arrange to stay with us. Unlike in Western monasticism, monasteries in the Orthodox Church follow a single basic…

BROOKLINE, MA [OCF Communications] Orthodox Christian Fellowship [OCF], the official campus ministry of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, recently announced that $200.00 need-based scholarships for College Conference Midwest 2018 have been made available through the generosity of two donors. The registration cost for College Conference Midwest is $325.00 per person. The $200.00 scholarship would lower the cost of registration to $125.00 for selected applicants. Registration includes food, lodging, fellowship activities, and engaging keynote addresses and workshop sessions. Scholarship applications may be submitted online. OCF’s College Conference Midwest will be held from December 27-30,…

INDIANAPOLIS, IN [Lilly Endowment/OCA] Orthodox Christian clergy and the parishes they serve may wish to take advantage of grant awards being offered through the Lilly Endowment’s Clergy Renewal Programs for 2019. Through its religion grant making, the Lilly Endowment seeks to deepen and enrich the lives of American Christians largely through initiatives to enhance and sustain the quality of ministry in American congregations and parishes. The program is administered by the Center for Pastoral Excellence at Indianapolis’ Christian Theological Seminary. The Lilly Endowment provides funds to congregations to support renewal leaves for their pastors. Renewal periods are not vacations but…

With the Nativity Fast—also known as “Advent”—beginning on November 15, the spirit of the season is presented as a time of personal and collective preparation for the celebration of the pivotal point in salvation history—the Incarnation of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ. Underscoring the significance of this liturgical season are numerous online educational resources for class and personal use from the Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Christian Education [DCE]. “The Nativity Season: Introduction” offers five engaging lessons that could easily be subtitled “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About the Nativity Fast.” Separate study units are available…

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