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Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Fr. Joseph Purpura Reflects on Eventful Summer for the Dept of Youth and Parish Ministries Originally posted in 2013. The Chairman of the Department of Youth and Parish Ministries, V. Rev. Dr. Joseph Purpura has been creating and implementing youth training programs across the United States and Canada since the late 1980’s. He has held numerous appointments over the years and is currently overseeing a number of programs, both established and new. Over the summer he coordinated SOYO Diocesan General Assemblies, elections, the Leadership Conference, Bible Bowl Festival, Oratorical Contest and Special Olympics…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Remembering Father Gordon Walker of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Orthodox Christian Laity is truly blessed to have had the gentle, humble and Christ-centered guidance of the Very Reverend Father Gordon Thomas Walker. He served on our advisory board for many years and spoke at many Annual Meetings and Open Forums. We were blessed to have been his guests in Franklin, TN, his home community, two years ago. He and Khouria Mary Sue were the founding members of this most dynamic Orthodox Christian Community of St Ignatius, and he served as the pastor…

Source: Times Live Vladimir hails Vladimir: Putin fetes Orthodox Saint, Russia’s religous founder Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday marked 1,000 years since the death of Prince Vladimir, the Orthodox saint credited with bringing Christianity to the country in the Middle Ages. “By stopping strife, crushing internal enemies, Prince Vladimir initiated the formation of a united Russian nation, in fact paving the way for the construction of a strong, centralised Russian state,” Putin said at ceremony in the Kremlin alongside the head of Russia’s Orthodox church. By converting Kievan Rus — the forerunner of modern Russia, Ukraine and Belarus — the…

Source: The National Herald Fire Ravages St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Babylon, New York By TNH Staff BABLYON, N.Y. – A fire broke out at 9:30 PM on July 21 that scorched the altar of the Church of St. Nicholas at 200 Great East Neck Road. “It was bad, but it could have been a lot, lot worse,” the pastor, Rev. Demetrios Kazakis told Newsday, and “Driving to his church early Wednesday, was able to maintain a positive outlook on a fire that ravaged the altar area of the West Babylon building where he and hundreds of his parishioners…

Source: St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Vladimir’s Seminary to Confer Honorary Degree on Patriarch John X Greek Patriarch of Antioch and All the East The Most Blessed John X (Yazigi), Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, will be visiting St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary on Monday, July 27, 2015, to receive an honorary doctoral degree conferred by the seminary Board of Trustees and Faculty Council. The degree will be awarded at a public academic convocation at 6:00 p.m. in the Metropolitan Philip Auditorium of the John G. Rangos Family Building, during which His Beatitude will also give a…

Source: Ancient Faith Radio / Ancient Faith Today Podcast: Orthodox Christian Fundamentalism: what is it and does it exist? Length: 1:07:37 Earlier in the year, one of Kevin’s guests, Dr George E Demacopoulos, wrote on the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese blog that through the increasing expansion of ‘Orthodox fundamentalism’ in ordinary parishes, “the entire Orthodox Church is at risk of being hijacked by extremists”. Father John Whiteford, ROCOR priest and blogger wrote a robust rebuttal to this article. On this episode of Ancient Faith Today Kevin discusses with his guests their views of ‘Orthodox fundamentalism’: what it is, whether it truly…

Source: Daily Mail UNESCO made Jordanian bank of the River Jordan, site of the baptism of Jesus, a World Heritage Site UNESCO made Jordanian bank of the River Jordan a World Heritage Site UN agency ruled east side of river was more likely to be Jesus’ baptism site But more tourists visit the claimed baptism site in Israel, west of the river   Scholars say official ruling has ‘nothing to do with archaeological reality’ By OLLIE GILLMAN FOR MAILONLINE For years, Christian pilgrims have waded into the River Jordan from both its eastern and western banks to meet at the site…

Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America “Becoming Truly Human” is an eight week outreach course offered by the Antiochian Archdiocese that uses the vehicle of small group discussions and hosted meals to share the love of Christ. The following two articles by a layman and priest, tell the story of how this program is changing lives. ~~For many years as a Protestant, I witnessed to others because I thought it was my duty. After all, we had been scripturally mandated by the Great Commission to do so, hadn’t we? Unfortunately, try though I might, I can’t remember many…

Source: The Interfaith Observer The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese: Its Past, Present, and Future – An Interview with Archimandrite Nathanael Symeonides by Suzy Lamoreaux Religions for Peace USA – A Member Profile Religions for Peace USA regularly spotlights member communities to be featured in The Interfaith Observer. This month, Suzy Lamoreaux interviews Archimandrite Nathanael Symeonides of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, who represents the Archdiocese on RfPUSA’s Executive Council. The Archimandrite was appointed director of the Office of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations in September 2013. Fr. Nathanael and his department work to spread interest in and knowledge of Church activities and teachings…

Source: The Deily Planet Ancestors of the Orthodox Faith: The Reception of Peter What happened to St. Peter? The short answer is that we don’t know. The longer answer is more interesting. It is precisely the lack of authoritative information about Peter that enabled laterChristians to develop competing legends about the final years of his life. In some cases, these differences are quite surprising, especially for modern readers used to associating St. Peter with the Vatican. But not all of the stories about Peter place him in Rome. Why is there such an important discrepancy? And what do all these…

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