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Source: Orthodox Church in America At 8:19 p.m. on the evening of Wednesday, June 10, 2015, Archpriest Innocent Dresdow was startled to receive a call from Kodiak Police Dispatch.  Asked to meet police officers at Holy Resurrection Cathedral, he was told not to go into or near the church, as it was “an active crime scene.” “I arrived on scene at 8:25 p.m. and met up with responding officers across the street from the cathedral,” Father Innocent said in the initial report he sent to His Grace, Bishop David of Sitka.  “The lead officer related to me that the cathedral…

Source: Greek Reporter by Katerina Papathanasiou “The future of migrants arriving in the country must concern not only Greece but all the European countries,” said Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos during a meeting with a delegation of German members from local Parliaments, the General Secretary of the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) and other officials, hosted by the Greek Orthodox Church’s Refugee and Migrant Center. The Head of the Greek Orthodox Church claimed that the refugees arriving at the European borders should be hosted not only by Greece but by all the other EU countries as well, proportionally to the population of…

Source: Orthodox Church in America WILLIAMSPORT, PA [OCA/GOF] The Ganister Orthodox Foundation is now accepting applications for grants for organizations and parishes with innovative approaches to advancing the mission of Orthodox Christianity in the US.  The deadline for submitting grant applications is July 31, 2015.  Recipients will be announced in the fall. Founded in 2001, the Ganister Orthodox Foundation is a component of the Williamsport, PA-based First Community Foundation of Pennsylvania.  The foundation takes its name from the village of Ganister in Central Pennsylvania, where immigrants drawn there by employment opportunities in the limestone quarry established Saint Mary’s Holy Assumption…

Source: Today’s Zaman A man attacked a church in the Kadıköy district of İstanbul with a Molotov cocktail on Tuesday, setting the building’s door on fire. In a video purporting to show the attack, the man is seen shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) and “Revenge will be taken for Al-Aqsa Mosque” as he throws a bomb at the Aya Triada Orthodox Church in the Bahariye area of Kadıköy. The door of the church caught fire, but the blaze was extinguished shortly after the attack. The man was detained by police.

Source: Catholic News Agency Damascus, Syria, Jun 10, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The five Christian patriarchs of Antioch met in Syria on Monday, calling for peace in the Syrian civil war while reaffirming that Christians have a place in the Middle East. The Christian leaders described themselves as an authentic people of the land, who are “deeply rooted in its earth that was watered by the sweat of our fathers and grandfathers, and we confirm more than ever that we are staying.” “We do not condemn those that choose to leave, but we remind Christians that steadfastness in…

Source: Seeds of Hope – Orthodox Christian Healing and Counseling Clergy and Laity healing the soul and renewing the Spirit of the Church  Mark 4:8  And other fell on ground and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased, and brought forth, some thirty, sixty, and some a hundred.  Seeds of Hope, OCHC, www.orthodoxchristianhealing.com is celebrating their 1st year anniversary as a 501c3 national foundation. Our ministry serves those who have left the Church and their Faith. This includes being subjected to spiritual misconduct, financial misappropriations, or exploitation of authority.  Seeds of Hope offers Orthodox licensed counseling, healing, and reconciliation…

Source: Newsweek By Jack Moore Isis has announced that it is to convert one of Mosul’s largest churches into a mosque for the group’s “mujahideen” in notices posted in the streets exactly a year after the group launched a successful offensive on Iraq’s second city. The radical Islamists distributed the notices around the city, which has been under the group’s control for a year to the day, announcing the conversion of the Syrian Orthodox Church of St. Ephraim, according to Fides, the Vatican’s news agency. In the weeks before Isis advanced in June last year, the number of Christians in Mosul reportedly dwindled…

Source: Christianity Today The American church has a key role in rescuing, restoring, and returning Christians and other religious minorities who have fled ISIS. by Chris Seiple ‘Tell them that we Christians exist. We are the bridge between East and West,” said Felomain Nassar-Batshone, program manager, at International Orthodox Christian Charities, Amman, Jordan. The story never changes. Whenever ISIS terrorists approach an Iraqi or Syrian village, Christians are given a fateful choice: They can stay and pay a tax to ISIS. They can convert to Islam. They can be martyred as Christians. Or, they flee. We Americans would do well to…

Source: Orthodox Church in America WEIRTON, WV [OCA]  Speakers for the second Small Parish Forum, which is being cosponsored by the Archdiocese of Western Pennsylvania and the Diocese of the Midwest at Saint Nicholas Church here June 18-20, 2015, were recently announced. “The Forum is unique in that it focuses on the needs of numerous small parishes throughout the Orthodox Church in America and other Orthodox jurisdictions, and we are pleased to offer a strong array of Forum contributors that will explore the theme, ‘Becoming Stewards of Our Parish Future,’” said Joseph Kormos, Forum co-chairperson and Parish Development Leader for…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS Communications]  Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary here recently initiated a search for a full-time Director for its Office of Student Life, which directly provides for the overall welfare and practical needs of seminarians in formation, with special attention given to their spiritual lives. The Director of Student Life will be responsible for supervising the overall discipline of the seminary student body, coordinating with all seminary constituencies in matters related to community events, serving in counseling, advocacy, and advisory roles to students in general academic, spiritual, and personal matters. A detailed job…

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