Ukraine crisis poisons Catholic-Orthodox relations

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Source: MENAFN - AFP (MENAFN - AFP) The crisis in Ukraine is undermining reconciliation efforts between the Vatican and the Russian Orthodox Church and has shown up Pope Francis's inability to make his peace message heard in the conflict-torn country, analysts said. Francis has called for dialogue in Ukraine - as he does for conflicts around the world - but the Vatican has kept a distance and did not take a position on Russia's annexation of Crimea in March or subsequent hostilities in … [Read more...]

2014 Clergy Continuing Education Symposium Provides Opportunity for Spiritual Growth and Renewal

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Source: St Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS Media] - Tuesday, June 17 through Thursday, June 19, 2014 St. Tikhon's Seminary hosted their 2nd Annual Clergy Continuing Education Symposium. Over 60 participants traveled, from several OCA dioceses,  to attend the lectures. Among the participants were clergy and monastics, men, women, seminarians and lay persons. Those attending received up to 18 of the 20 hours now required by the Department of Continuing … [Read more...]

The Birth of ZOE for Life!

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Source: ZOE for Life! ZOE for Life! was founded in 1998 in response to a conviction that every life is sacred. ZOE for Life! is a Christ-centered organization with three major goals: 1.  To help women who need confidential emotional and spiritual support during crisis pregnancies 2.  To assist Orthodox Christians seeking to adopt; and 3.  To provide an Orthodox Christian education for Pure Living and other. ZOE's Board of Directors is comprised of women from four different … [Read more...]

St. Tikhon’s Seminary Begins Search for Development Director

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Source: St Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary [STOTS] [SOUTH CANAAN, PA] - St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, PA is now interviewing qualified people for the position of Director of Development. Those interested may send resume information to 178 St. Tikhon’s Rd. Waymart, PA 18472. St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary Director of Development Job Description Position:  Reporting to and in partnership with the Dean and Rector, the Development Director … [Read more...]

In Memoriam: Metropolitan Volodymyr of Kyiv and All Ukraine

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Source: Orthodox Church in America KYIV, UKRAINE [OCA]- His Beatitude, Metropolitan Volodymyr of Kyiv and All Ukraine, 78, fell asleep in the Lord on Saturday morning, July 5, 2014 after a lengthy illness. His Eminence, Metropolitan Onufriy of Chernivtsi and Bukovina is serving as Locum Tenens until Metropolitan Volodymyr’s successor is elected. Metropolitan Volodymyr will lie in state in the Dormition Cathedal of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra as final funeral preparations are … [Read more...]

WHY IS THE BRIDE NOT “GIVEN AWAY” BY THE FATHER IN ORTHODOX WEDDINGS?

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Source: Orthodox in the District    Perhaps several of you priests have been asked by a family to introduce the "giving away of the bride" by the father, into the Crowning service. However, people in Western cultures appear not to remember the meaning of this action. It is absolutely not permitted in the Orthodox Crowning service. The "giving away" of the bride was done because a woman was owned by her father until he gave her over to be owned by her husband. A woman had no … [Read more...]

Gallery Features Highlights from Antiochian Unity Conference

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Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America From June 25–28, 2014, the Patriarch of Antioch and All the East His Beatitude John X joined with the Fathers of the Holy Synod to call the faithful from around the world to the Hill of Balamand for a conference on Antiochian unity. Appropriately, the Conference concluded with the joyous celebration of the Feast of Ss. Peter and Paul, patron saints of the Antiochian Church. Antiochian.org has assembled a collection of … [Read more...]

No Room for Lukewarm as Mideast Christians Die: Doing No Harm, Doing Nothing, and Doing Something

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Source: Blogs.goarch.org Last week, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) held its annual Religion and Foreign Policy Summer Workshop.  Headquartered at the corner of Park Avenue and 68th Street on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the CFR, publisher of the venerable Foreign Affairs, is part of a small, rarified group of organizations whose weighty effects on international relations are widely recognized by global policy cognoscente.  Eight years ago, the CFR launched an initiative to bring … [Read more...]

Support The Fellowship of St. James today! Special offer today only.

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Source: The Fellowship of St. James As of Friday, June 27 Our Readers' Generosity Thank you! In response to my email this past Saturday, more than 100 donations came in bringing ourremaining need from $32,000 down to $17,500, by June 30, midnight tonight. We will be going to the Post Office later this morning to get the weekend's and today's mail. Afterwards, I … [Read more...]

Revival in the Balkans

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Source: The Christian Century by Philip Jenkins During the 1990s, perhaps 150,000 people perished in the hellish violence that raged over the Balkan peninsula. Al­though the conflicts were largely defined by ethnic differences, religion played a critical role in the three-sided war be­tween Orthodox Christians, Roman Catholics, and Muslims. Armed gangs would burst into a house and demand that residents make the sign of the cross. Your life could depend on whether you made the horizontal … [Read more...]