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ACTOR TOM HANKS VISITS ORTHODOX CHURCH IN ANTARCTICA

Source: OCP Media Network Foma – February 16, 2016 Famous actor Tom Hanks visited the Orthodox church of the Life-Giving Trinity in Antarctica at the Russian polar station “Bellingshausen” on Waterloo Island, Deacon Maxim Gerb, a cleric of the church in Antarctica, told the journal Foma. “Many interesting people visit our church, including Tom Hanks who was recently sailing past our island on a yacht. He is a very open and friendly person. After he lit some candles I suggested to him to … [Read more...]

BBC, PBS interviews with Metropolitan Tikhon highlight meeting of Pope Francis, Patriarch Kirill

Source: Orthodox Church in America WASHINGTON, DC [OCA] EDITOR’S UPDATE: View the interview with Metropolitan Tikhon and Cardinal Theodore McCarrick that aired on PBS on Friday, February 12, 2016.  The segment begins at 22:58. British Broadcasting Corporation and Public Broadcasting Service will air interviews with His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon on the widely publicized meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow at Havana’s José Martí International Airport … [Read more...]

Plea deal in works for Greek Orthodox priest charged with theft

Source: Chicago Tribune by John Keilman Chicago Tribune A Greek Orthodox priest charged with stealing more than $110,000 from a church trust fund has reached a tentative plea deal with prosecutors, authorities said Wednesday. The Rev. James Dokos, who lives in Chicago, is accused of taking the money from a $1.2 million fund he controlled at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Milwaukee and spending it on himself, family members and other church officials. The Milwaukee County … [Read more...]

Ownership by All, Control by None: A plan for a governing structure of the world-wide Orthodox Church

Source: Ancient Faith Radio February 2, 2016 Length: 27:26 At the dinner following the 33rd Annual Schmemann Lecture at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary, Dr. Charles Ajalat, the former chancellor for the Antiochian Archdiocese and the co-founder of International Orthodox Christian Charities, presented a plan for a governing structure of the world wide Orthodox Church. Also see transcript below. Earlier in the evening, Dr. Ajalat received an honorary doctorate in Canon Law. Here he is with … [Read more...]

Toward the Great and Holy Council: Retrieving a Culture of Conciliarity and Communion

Source: Ancient Faith Radio February 1, 2016 Length: 47:29 Archdeacon John Chryssavgis delivers the 33rd Annual Schmemann Lecture at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary. He is introduced by Fr. Alexander Rentel. CLICK HERE to listen to the interview. Transcript Fr. Alexander Rentel: Theologian and teacher, scholar and interpreter, servant of the Ecumenical Throne, and defender of God’s creation. In your theological scholarship, translating, interpreting, and presenting the … [Read more...]

GOA Youth and Young Adult Ministries launches new crowd funding initiative

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – The Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM) has launched a new crowd funding initiative to help raise money to develop much needed youth and young adult ministry resources. Known best for its weekly video series “Be the Bee,” the Y2AM Team produces an extensive offering of digital resources for youth and young adult ministry, from videos and podcasts to blogs and Scriptural annotations, along with monthly “Be the Bee” … [Read more...]

Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) Board, meeting in Houston, Texas, February 5, 2016, calls on the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church to Unite the Church in America

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity 2016 is a historic year for Orthodox Christianity throughout the world.  After over 1,200 years since the Seventh Ecumenical Council was held in Nicea (now part of Turkey) in 787, the Orthodox Church has scheduled the Holy and Great Council.  The meeting, which has been in the planning stages for more than fifty years, will be held from June 16-27, 2016 in Crete at the Orthodox Academy of Crete. This event will provide the opportunity for the hierarchs and … [Read more...]

GEORGIAN ARCHBISHOP SAYS, INVESTIGATIONS PROVE THAT THE RELICS OF ST. MAXIMUS THE CONFESSOR ARE IN GEORGIA

Source: Pravoslavie.ru Tbilisi, October 27, 2015 With the blessing of His Holiness Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of Georgia the Fifth International Theological Conference was held in Tbilisi. This year scientists, researchers, and Church figures from Serbia, Greece, Russia, the UK and Australia took part in the conference which was dedicated to the life and activity of St. Maximus the Confessor (c. 580-c. 662; feast: August 13/26). At the conference the results were announced of the … [Read more...]

TO BE BLACK AND ORTHODOX: PART OF MY STORY

Source: The Modern Monastic Order of Saint Simon of Cyrene by John R. Gresham, Jr. I have a friend who is considering becoming an Orthodox Christian.  She is African-American and is concerned that by joining the Orthodox Church that she would be turning her back on black culture.  While she likes everything about the ancient faith, she notices the lack of Negro spirituals and the preaching style of the church we grew up in.  Also, except for me, I am the only native black American in the … [Read more...]

The First Known American Convert to Eastern Orthodox Christianity

Source: Associates of Colonel Philip Ludwell III Philip Ludwell III is the first known convert to Eastern Orthodox Christianity in the Americas. He was a prominent figure in pre-revolutionary Virginia and a relative by blood or marriage of many great early figures in American history from George Washington to Robert E. Lee. The scion of one of the largest landholding and politically prominent families in early Virginia, he was born at Green Spring near Williamsburg on December 28, 1716. One … [Read more...]