Group calls for Orthodox church reform over alleged Israel land sales

Source: Ma'an News Agency By Alex Shams BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Christmas is a time for holiday cheer in Bethlehem, as thousands from across Palestine and around the world converge to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ in the hilltop West Bank city. Onlookers at the Orthodox Christmas parade on Jan. 6 this year, however, were surprised to find protesters awaiting the traditional visit of the Patriarch to Nativity Church, and six youths were even arrested after chanting slogans against him … [Read more...]

Head of Greek Orthodox Church congratulates His Highness Amir on UN honoring

Source: Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) KUWAIT, Jan 14 (KUNA) -- Primate of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch Patriarch John X Yazigi congratulated His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for naming him a "Humanitarian Leader" and Kuwait as a "Humanitarian Center" by the UN. The visiting Patriarch made this remark to the press, Wednesday, after his meeting with His Highness the Amir. In the meeting, the Patriarch expressed his appreciation to all the … [Read more...]

Why conservative Christians would have hated Jesus [An Orthodox Christian’s Viewpoint]

Source: Salon Even as they profess to spread his word, fundamentalists are forgetting Jesus' most important message FRANK SCHAEFFER, ALTERNET This article originally appeared on AlterNet. Jesus never could have been the pastor of a contemporary evangelical church nor a conservative Roman Catholic bishop. Evangelicals and conservative Roman Catholics thrive on drawing distinctions between their “truth” and other people’s failings. Jesus by contrast, set off an empathy time bomb that … [Read more...]

Elder Paisios Canonized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate

Source: Full of Grace and Truth The Greek Religious News Site posts that Elder Paisios of the Holy Mountain (+1994) has been canonized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The official announcement from the Patriarchate is available here. God is wondrous among His Saints! May we have his blessing! Selected hymns to St. Paisios of the Holy Mountain***   Apolytikion in the First Tone The offspring of Farasa, and the adornment of Athos, and the imitator of the former … [Read more...]

What Does God Deserve?

Source: Father Prime Just after Christmas I had the pleasure of worshipping at this beautiful little church, St. Athanasius Russian Orthodox Church in Nicholasville, KY.  When a plan to sub for one of my Episcopal colleagues fell through, I decided to attend this beautiful church; one of my students at the University of Kentucky is Orthodox and had invited me to attend anytime I wanted.  (That’s called evangelism, folks!) As I stood for the Divine Liturgy—there is no sitting during … [Read more...]

Fifth annual Climacus Conference to be held in Louisville, KY in mid-February

Source: Orthodox Church in America LOUISVILLE, KY [OCA]  Saint Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church here will once again sponsor the annual Climacus Conference Friday and Saturday, February 13-14, 2015.  This year’s theme will explore beauty and aesthetics. “In its fifth year, the conference is a pan-Orthodox intellectual and spiritual event featuring scholars and voices across the fields of theology, philosophy, patristics, classical education, literature, and culture and politics,” … [Read more...]

Orthodox Christians to participate in Pro-Life Marches

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] Thursday, January 22, 2015 marks the 42nd Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States.  Orthodox Christians from across the country will travel to the US Capital for the annual March for Life or participate in similar regional events. His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, and His Grace, Bishop Michael of New York, will be among the Orthodox Christian hierarchs, clergy, seminarians and faithful … [Read more...]

Ethiopian Orthodox Patriarch to visit Egypt Saturday

Source: World Bulletin Visit to strengthen ties between the churches of the two countries. Ethiopia and Egypt are in the middle of diplomatic rapprochement following tension over the building of a multi-billion dollar hydroelectric project Addis Ababa is building on the Nile. Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church Abune Mathias is set to leave for Cairo on Saturday on a visit to Egypt. "The visit will further strengthen existing relation between the churches of the two countries … [Read more...]

Sisi becomes first Egyptian leader to attend mass at Coptic church

Source: The Jerusalem Post By ARIEL BEN SOLOMON Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi became the first president to attend mass at a church in Cairo, on the Coptic Christmas Eve. The short visit on Tuesday night came after masked men shot and killed two Egyptian policemen earlier in the day as they stood guard at a Coptic Christian church in Minya, 220 km. south of Cairo. “It was necessary for me to come here to wish you a Merry Christmas, and I hope I haven’t disturbed your … [Read more...]

How You Start to Heal from Spiritual/Clergy Abuse

Source: Seeds of Hope Spiritual/Clergy abuse occurs when a person in authority fosters a sense of guilt in people in order to manipulate or control them. If a person in ecclesiastical authority has a false sense of himself, his poor self-esteem gets expressed through a distorted understanding of his role and position. Jesus warned us about this. We read in Matthew 20:25-26 these words: But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, … [Read more...]