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IOCC Sunday is November 23

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America To the Most Reverend Clergy, Venerable Monastics and Devout Faithful of the Holy Orthodox Churches in the Americas: Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, During this holiday season, many of us are turning our thoughts to welcoming beloved family and friends into our homes, to share with them the best that we have to offer, and to share our gratitude for the many blessings our Heavenly Father has bestowed upon … [Read more...]

SVOTS awards honorary doctorate to Metropolitan Hilarion [Alfeyev]

Source: Orthodox Church in America YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications]  On November 8, 2014, at a special academic convocation, the Board of Trustees and faculty of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary here awarded His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion [Alfeyev] of Volokolamsk, Chair of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree. Metropolitan Hilarion was on campus to present a public lecture, “Primacy and Conciliarity from an Orthodox … [Read more...]

Three questions, three fault lines in American pews and pulpits

Source: Terry Mattingly's On Religion If the goal is to map the evolving landscape of American religion, the late George Gallup, Jr., once told me, it was crucial to keep asking two kinds of questions. The kind attempted to document things that never seemed to change or that were changing very, very slowly. Thus, Gallup urged his team to keep using old questions his father and others in the family business began asking in the 1940s and '50s, such as how often people attended worship … [Read more...]

Patriarch John X’s Speech on Mount Athos

Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America On October 27, 2014, His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, delivered the following speech on Mount Athos during extended travels in Greece. (Arabic original here.) "At night when human voices, movements and tumult are clothed in stillness, enlighten every movement of my soul with Yourself, O Jesus, Light of the Righteous. At the hour when you give rest to the weary, O my Lord, let our thoughts of you … [Read more...]

Register now for January 2015 camp, youth worker conference

Source: Orthodox Church in America LIGONIER, PA [AOCA] - The 2015 Orthodox Christian Camp and Youth Worker Conference will be held at Antiochian Village here January 22-24, 2015.  The theme will be “Walking Alongside our Youth.” The conference, now in its 13th year, exists to bring together all Orthodox Christians engaged in youth ministry at any level and in any form for several days to further their education, foster brotherhood, and provide fellowship.  Each year a different jurisdiction … [Read more...]

Registration open for 18th AAC youth program volunteers

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  Adult volunteers are now being sought to assist with the youth program during the 18th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America, slated to convene in Atlanta, GA July 20-24, 2015. All volunteers must register here. All volunteers will be expected to complete a three-stage review process before their participation can be confirmed.  The first step is to apply at the above link.  Youth Program Coordinators will examine … [Read more...]

Ploutarchos Helps Church Rebuild

Source: The National Herald BY CONSTANTINOS E. SCAROS PALM HARBOR, FL – Greek singing superstar Giannis Ploutarchos took time out of his U.S. tour to help some fellow Greeks in need: the community of Sts. Raphael, Nicholas, and Irene in Palm Harbor, FL whose church was severely damaged by a fire in late September. As TNH reported (“Fire Damages Palm Harbor Church, but Remains of 3 Saints are Saved,” Oct. 4), a fire in the early morning hours of September 23 – an investigation of which … [Read more...]

New university combines science and spirituality

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Frank Papatheofanis founded Saint Katherine College in San Marcos By Nina Garin Saint Katherine College is a new liberal arts school that was founded in 2010 by physician and scientist, Frank Papatheofanis. The San Marcos-based school is a four-year, nonprofit Christian college with a curriculum that blends arts and science. For example, students learn about 19th century British literature at the same time they’re being taught about European monetary … [Read more...]

Orthodox Christianity in China – A comb worth fighting for

Source: The Economist BY B.C As A colleague has written in this week's print edition, Christianity in China is experiencing spectacular, but turbulent, growth; by one estimate, the number of Chinese Christians could by 2030 have reached 250m—the largest Christian population of any country in the world. Unless something extra-ordinary happens, only a tiny fraction (less than 0.1%) of those Christians will be of followers the eastern Orthodox church, which you might have expected, on … [Read more...]

OCF announces 2015 “Real Break” destinations, dates

Source: Orthodox Church in America BROOKLINE, MA [OCA]  The Orthodox Christian Fellowship[OCF] recently announced that it will be sponsoring 11 “Real Break” opportunities in the spring of 2015. Built on a foundation of fellowship, education, worship and service, “Real Break” provides an alternative to “Spring Break” for Orthodox Christian college students.  It offers the possibility to travel to all parts of the world while deepening their faith, serving those in need, and cultivating … [Read more...]