Why millennials are leaving the church

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Source: CNN Belief Blog By Rachel Held Evans, Special to CNN (CNN) – At 32, I barely qualify as a millennial. I wrote my first essay with a pen and paper, but by the time I graduated from college, I owned a cell phone and used Google as a verb. I still remember the home phone numbers of my old high school friends, but don’t ask me to recite my husband’s without checking my contacts first. I own mix tapes that include selections from Nirvana and Pearl Jam, but I’ve never planned a … [Read more...]

Fr. Steven Voytovich named Dean of St. Tikhon’s Seminary

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS] -  Archpriest Dr. Steven Voytovich, a licensed professional counselor who spent many years in the field of pastoral care and education, has been named Dean of Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary here effective August 18, 2013. Father Steven succeeds Archpriest Dr.  Alexander Atty, who retired due to health after serving as Dean for the past three years. Father Steven brings to this position years of experience as a … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Tikhon concelebrates at Anniversary Liturgy in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral

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Source: Orthodox Church in America MOSCOW, RUSSIA [OCA] - His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, was among the Primates and representatives of the Local Orthodox Churches who concelebrated at the Divine Liturgy with His Holiness, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, at Christ the Savior Cathedral here on July 24, 2013. The Liturgy opened a three-part commemoration of the 1025th Anniversary of the Baptism of Rus’ that will be marked with similar celebrations in Kyiv, Ukraine and Minsk, … [Read more...]

Vladimir Putin Interview for the documentary film “The Second Baptism of Rus”

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Source: Kremlin Vladimir Putin gave an interview to the makers of the documentary film The Second Baptism of Rus, which screened on Rossia 1 television channel on July 22.  The Second Baptism of Rus is a full-length documentary film about the resurgence of the Russian Orthodox Church in Russia over the last 25 years. The film gives a detailed presentation of the main stages in rebuilding church life in Russia from 1988, when the country marked the 1000th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus, … [Read more...]

George N. Boulukos Receives Prestigious Boy Scouts of America Silver Buffalo Award

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Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America George N. Boulukos has been honored with the prestigious Silver Buffalo Award by the Boy Scouts of America. For decades Boulukos led the Eastern Orthodox Commission on Scouting (EOCS). The award is the highest commendation given by the Boy Scouts of America in recognition of the invaluable contributions that outstanding Americans make to youth. Boulukos has been a lifelong Boy Scout, working tirelessly to promote … [Read more...]

St. Spyridon PC President Vigorously Defends Rev. Passias against Allegations

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Source: The National Herald TNH staff NEW YORK – Efstathios Papadatos, Parish Council President of St. Spyridon Church, has angrily taken issue with a New York Post article that suggested there were possible financial improprieties and that head priest Father George Passias, 65, was unusually close with his “spiritual goddaughter,” Ethel Bouzalas, 43, who had taken positions of responsibility. The Post wrote that “the duo’s arrival in 2006 has blown in a storm of controversy. Critics … [Read more...]

Helen Thomas – Memory Eternal!

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Source: Wikipedia / Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Helen Amelia Thomas (August 4, 1920 – July 20, 2013) was an American author and news service reporter, member of the White House press corps and opinion columnist. She worked for the United Press and post-1958 successor United Press International (UPI) for 57 years, first as a correspondent, and later as White House bureau manager. She was a columnist for Hearst Newspapers from 2000 to 2010, writing on national … [Read more...]

Turkey government desecrates the Church of Agia Sophia [UPDATED]

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Source: NeosKosmos.com This is the second time in recent years that the Turkish government has converted a unique Christian church into a mosque The Federation of Pontian Associations of Australia has called upon the Australian government and the international community to protect Anatolia's indigenous Christian heritage. The announcement follows an incident two weeks ago where Muslim prayers were held in the 13th century Orthodox Church of the Holy Wisdom (Agia Sophia) in Istanbul, … [Read more...]

Looted Art From Cypriot Churches Is Returned by Germany

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Source: Bloomberg Businessweek By Catherine Hickley Frescos, mosaics and icons looted from churches, museums and monasteries in Northern Cyprus and seized by police in Munich 16 years ago were today handed over to the Cypriot government. The artifacts were discovered in the Munich apartment of Aydin Dikmen, a Turkish-born art dealer, in 1997. Then valued at 30 million deutsche marks ($17 million), they included a mosaic hacked from the wall of the 6th-century Kanakaria church and a … [Read more...]

Drowned bishop a symbol of Bulgaria’s blurred loyalties

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Source: Reuters  By Tsvetelia Tsolova The death last week of one of Bulgaria's most senior bishops, found floating in the Black Sea wearing a snorkel and flippers, was mysterious in its own right, but it was only the final chapter in an enigmatic life. [VARNA, Bulgaria] In the days after Bishop Cyril of Varna, 59, was found dead, a picture emerged of a man respected by many but who had also spied for the communist-era secret police, brokered land deals that raised questions and driven a … [Read more...]