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Source: International Orthodox Theological Association (IOTA) In This Issue: Conference Excursions | Partner with IOTA | About Iasi  AFFORDABLE EXCURSIONS: VISIT MUSEUMS, MONASTERIES Reserve your tickets here (scroll down to the bottom). IOTA’s Inaugural Conference in Iasi, Romania on 9-12 January 2019 will feature the work of 300+ speakers from over thirty countries, plus two fascinating excursions. Half-day Excursion, 9 January 2019. Cost: $35 per person. No trip to Iasi is complete without a visit to the fabulous and historic Palace of Culture. Completed in 1926 in the Neogothic style, the building houses museums. The tour goes on to visit the Three Holy Hierarchs…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Roy Snyder, George Matsoukas and George Karcazes at the OCL Display Booth. They attended the opening session of the 19th All American Council in St. Louis, Missouri on July 24, and were inspired by the tribute to Fr Alexander Schmemmen and the theme of the conference: “For the Life of the World”. Metropoliam Tihkon presented his vision of the Four Pillars as a guide for the future of the OCA.

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America July 24, 2018 Protocol Number 127/18 Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; Yes, I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand  (Is. 41:10). To the Clergy and the Faithful of the Holy Archdiocese of America Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We all have learned of the devastating fires in Attica, Greece that have claimed the lives of dozens of people, injured many others, and destroyed countless homes and properties.  We are filled with agony and…

Source: St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary Yonkers, NY [July 20, 2018] – St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVOTS) has appointed Dr. Ionuţ-Alexandru Tudorie to the position of academic dean. The Seminary’s Board of Trustees selected Tudorie, a native of Romania, on July 18 after the Academic Dean Search Committee had narrowed down the list of possible candidates to two. The announcement concludes an extended and carefully-undertaken search process that began at the start of the 2017-2018 academic year. “There is no doubt that Dr. Tudorie brings with him extraordinary gifts and achievements that will benefit the seminary greatly,” said Archpriest Chad Hatfield, president…

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA The first-ever national state-by-state directory of the active local and regional Orthodox Clergy Brotherhoods and associated Pan-Orthodox laity organizations has been published by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA. Thirty-six local or regional Orthodox Clergy Brotherhoods and nine Pan-Orthodox laity organizations are listed in this directory. For each Clergy Brotherhood, the directory offers contact information and, if available, website and Facebook page. We welcome any information that can help to improve and expand this directory. If you are aware of any other active local or regional Orthodox Clergy Brotherhoods and…

Source: Abilene Reporter News Doug Mendenhall, Special to the Reporter-News You’ve been so caught up in worrying about the Trump-Putin fiasco that now you’ve got just two weeks to plan a party. Looming ahead is the 10th anniversary of the death of one of the 10 most influential Christians of the 20th century. Who is it? I’ll give you a hint. Two. Half a dozen. It’s not a pope. Not Mother Teresa. Not C.S. Lewis. Not Billy Graham. Not Martin Luther King Jr. All those folks are also on the Top 10 that Church History magazine compiled as the century…

Source: Aleteia John Burger Fr. Fadi Iskander becomes priest in Erbil, home to many Christians who fled persecution in northern Iraq A man whose priest-father was killed by terrorists a dozen years ago was ordained a priest by the same bishop who ordained his father. Fadi Iskander became a priest of the Syriac Orthodox Church on Sunday in Ankawa, a suburb of Erbil, inhabited mostly by Christians, according to Fides news agency. Fr. Iskander is the son of Fr. Boulos Iskander Behnam, a Syriac Orthodox priest killed in 2006 in Mosul. He became a priest in 1989, by the hands of Bishop Gregorios…

Source: Borkena Ethiopian News https://www.borkena.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/EOTC-delegation.mp4 Just like Ethiopia and Eritrea made history by leaving hostility and conflict behind to usher to a new era of cooperation, Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church ( otherwise known as Ethiopian church) is poised to make history by ending schism within the church. And Ethiopia’s new leader, Abiy Ahmed, has served as a catalyst for that to happen. Yesterday, Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo church sent delegates to the United States with a mission to finalize talks with leaders of the patriarchate of Ethiopian church based in the country. The church was divided following take over of power…

Source: CBC Tattoos have long been how Christians mark their spiritual journey to Holy City Derek Stoffel · CBC News  A mother and her daughter from rural Indiana walked through the narrow alleyways of Jerusalem’s fabled Old City recently, gazing up at the wooden crosses and rosaries hanging from shop stalls. What to take home? They decided ultimately on another way to mark their pilgrimage to the Holy City: tattoos. A day later, Karen Andrews and her daughter Jamie both had blue Ichthys fish — the Christian symbol linked to Jesus — stencilled on their wrists. “All my life I thought about tattoos, and I thought…

Source: The National Herald By TNH Staff ‘The voice of the Lord is upon many waters… the Lord is upon many waters… the Lord will bless His people in peace (Ps. 28, 3, 11). KOLYMPARI. CRETE. The extreme western point of the azure waters of the Cretan Sea, under the protection and care of the Lady of the Angels, devotion to whom is unfailing in this craggy outcrop of Crete, the birth-place of saints and heroes, was chosen to host the second international conference on digital media and Orthodox pastoral care. Gathered under the aegis of His All-Holiness Bartholomew, the Ecumenical…

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