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Source: The National Herald By Theodoros Kalmoukos BOSTON – In a confidential letter, dated May 8, 2018, to His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America eleven members of the Board of Trustees including members of the Executive Committee as well of Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (HCHC), warned in a most official and final way that Hellenic College is threatened with elimination and the Theological School is in danger of losing its academic accreditation, while its future is doubtful. They have arrived at the point of stating that maybe they will not accept students for this…

Source: Public Orthodoxy Originally published on May 10, 2018. by Effie Fokas The Western Thrace region of Greece exists as an anomaly in Europe for the prevalence of sharia courts over secular courts on matters related to family law. This anomaly is left over from a population exchange between Greece and Turkey and the terms set out in the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne. The governance of sharia in the region (specifically, for interference in the selection of Muftis) has been the subject of several cases against the state of Greece in the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), cases in which…

Source: Public Orthodoxy Originally published on May 7, 2018 by Mark Arey For many years now, the word “hierarch” has become a catch-all when referring to bishops with differing titles (e.g. Archbishop, Metropolitan, Auxiliary Bishop). Many of us have had that moment of discomfort when we address a “hierarch” and get their salutation or title wrong! The reactions can range from neutral indifference to a hurtful scolding. “Hierarch” has become a safe alternative, especially when in doubt. But it would be a mistake to leave “hierarch” as a mere synonym for any member of the Episcopacy. All bishops, regardless of their…

Source: Orthodox Church in America ROSSFORD, OH [OCA]  The team planning the Fifth Small Parish Forum, slated to be held at Saint George Cathedral, Rossford, OH July 12-14, 2018, recently announced that at least one $2000 “Small Parish Development Grant” will be made available to a parish participating in the gathering. As previously announced, the Forum will be cosponsored by the Orthodox Church in America’s Archdiocese of Western Pennsylvania, Diocese of the Midwest, and Bulgarian Diocese.  The Forum theme will be “Equipping Leaders and Parish Councils for Discipleship and Change.” “At past Forums, attendees received important, useful information for strengthening life in their small parishes,” said…

Source: Ecumenical Patriarchate June 5-8, 2018 The Saronic Islands, Greece This international ecological symposium organized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate will convene theologians and scientists, political and business leaders, as well as activists and journalists from all over the world. Participants will explore the pressing environmental problems of the region and its islands, examining the connections between ecology and economy, particularly in the context of pressing social and environmental challenges of our time. Welcome Dear friends, We are delighted to announce an international ecological symposium entitled “TOWARD A GREENER ATTICA: Preserving the Planet and Protecting its People” to be held in Athens, Greece,…

Source: Public Orthodoxy by Rev. Dr. Vaseilios Thermos The academic literature connecting religious fundamentalism and psychosis is extensive. In my experience as both a clinical psychiatrist and priest, I believe that we see this illness both individually and collectively within the Orthodox Church. Fortunately, the solution to this spiritual illness lies in the very proclamation of the incarnation. Paradoxically, although religious fundamentalism is a fanatical opponent of the discipline of psychology, it actually is a form of psychologism. It assesses through habit, not through truth. For fundamentalism, it is “familiar identity” that is at risk. Fearful of the complexity of the…

Source: OINOS Educational Consulting By Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP “If you think a gift is completed when the check clears, you’re a tax collector, not a fundraiser. If you think the gift is completed when the receipt is sent, you’re an accountant. If you think the gift is completed when the donor sees what their gift has done, you’re a transformational fund­raiser.” ~ Sister Georgette Lemuth, President of the National Catholic Development Conference The much-anticipated royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took place in the elegant Windsor Castle sanctuary of Saint George on Saturday, May 19th.  According to…

Source: The National Herald By TNH Staff In the small central Greek village where the father of Texas teen high shooter Dimitris Pagourtzis was born, and still visits annually, there was disbelief the youth had conducted a massacre of fellow students, killing nine and a teacher. The shooting at the Santa Fe high school was the fourth deadliest mass shooting at a public school in what has become so common that this year they are happening almost monthly, each time raising new fears and with a common denominator of someone seeking vengeance for a slight. The family were “quiet, peaceable…

Jordan Peterson shares his thoughts on Orthodox Christianity. Full Jordan Peterson Q&A at https://youtu.be/4GcU9LjuVOo. From Wikipedia: Jordan Bernt Peterson (born June 12, 1962) is a Canadian clinical psychologist, public intellectual, and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. His main areas of study are in abnormal, social, and personality psychology,[1] with a particular interest in the psychology of religious and ideological belief,[2] and the assessment and improvement of personality and performance.[3] Peterson studied at the University of Alberta and McGill University. He remained at McGill as a post-doctoral fellow from 1991 to 1993 before moving to Harvard University, where he was assistant and then associate professor in the psychology department. In 1998 he moved back to Canada, to the University of Toronto, as…

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