Bishop Michael encourages diaconal ministry at seventh annual practicum

Source: Orthodox Church in America YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications] - Deacons and diaconal candidates received focused training during the Seventh Annual Diaconal Practicum held at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary here in June 2013. Led by Archdeacon Kirill Sokolov, director of the Diaconal Vocations Program for the Orthodox Church in America, the intensive workshop offered instruction in liturgical celebration, public speaking and vocal training, and practical ministry. Archpriest Dr. … [Read more...]

Helping to Keep the Children in the Church

Source: Solia - The Herald by Psa. Nicole Mitescu I remember when I was newly married and had just started attending an Orthodox church. People would complain about how their children were refusing to come to church any more, and how when they left the family home, they often left the church entirely. So this is far from a new problem, and there must be hundreds if not thousands of articles written not only by Orthodox authors, but also by writers in many other religious groups, who are … [Read more...]

Suicide bomb kills 4 in Syrian capital’s Old City

Source: San Francisco Chronicle By ALBERT AJI, Associated Press DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up near the headquarters of Syria's Greek Orthodox Church in Damascus' Old City, killing at least four people Thursday, minutes after the patriarch had entered the cathedral, state-run TV and a church official said. The blast in the ancient quarter of narrow streets and historic buildings was the first reported suicide attack of the Syrian civil war inside the Old City, … [Read more...]

Rock churches of Lalibela, the Jerusalem of Ethiopia

Source: CNN From Errol Barnett, CNN Lalibela, Ethiopia (CNN) -- It's 4 o'clock on a Sunday morning when a trail of figures dressed in white emerges from the deep darkness. Quietly, the summoned crowd makes its way down a cluster of ancient structures as the slow beat from traditional skin drums beckons. It's a common scene here in Lalibela, a small town in northern Ethiopia that's home to 11 spectacular churches carved both inside and out from a single rock some 900 years ago. The … [Read more...]

Applications being accepted for Chancery Executive Assistant

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - The Orthodox Church in America is accepting applications for the position of Executive Assistant. A detailed job description may be found in PDF format. The Executive Assistant serves as the personal secretary to the Metropolitan with responsibility for all matters of correspondence to and from the Office of the Metropolitan, including the logging in of mail and the preparation of responses for review to both postal and electronic … [Read more...]

Donelson [Tennessee] Church Destroyed By Three-Alarm Fire

Source: News Channel 5 NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Flames destroyed a Donelson Church just hours after the congregation wrapped up Sunday services. Firefighters were called out to St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church, in the 1900 block of Dabbs Avenue, around 3 p.m. The first crews arrived to find flames shooting from the building, and a huge plume of smoke was visible for miles around. Fire officials said the blaze started in the kitchen, and spread quickly. There were people inside the church when … [Read more...]

Tradition: It’s not an anchor to weigh you down but a sail to move you forward

Source: Patheos Press Blog By Peter Enns I came across this blog post, now over 3 years old, while meandering through the internet this morning. The point is made so succinctly  and expresses so well my own thinking, I wanted to post it to see what you think. The author is Fr. Ted Bobosh, a priest at St. Paul the Apostle Church, Dayton, OH (Orthodox Church in America). He has degrees from the Ohio State University, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and Fordham University, and … [Read more...]

Son Gives Father Gift of Faith

Source: WKBN 27 TV News By WKBN Staff [Youngstown, OH] Father’s Day has a whole new meaning for a Boardman man whose son gave him a one of a kind gift. Father Thomas Constantine of Saint John the Forerunner Greek Orthodox Church has been a part of plenty of Sunday liturgies, but the one celebrated Sunday is one he’s never going to forget. He stood side by side with his son, Eleftherios Constantine, as he became a deacon in the Greek Orthodox Church. Growing up in the church, Father … [Read more...]

Orthodox, Catholic Churches Partner on Website to Help Parents Keep Children Safe Online

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Website is unique religious/nonprofit partnership Provides resources to help stay safe online, build faith Guides parents and children with Internet, mobile devices, other technology NEW YORK – The Internet Ministries Department of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese (GOA) and the Communications Department of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have launched, a resource for adults to help children safely navigate the … [Read more...]

Colorado Springs faithful ask prayers in wake of Black Forest fire

Source: Orthodox Church in America COLORADO SPRINGS, CO [OCA] - In the midst of what Colorado officials described on Thursday, June 13, 2013 as “the most destructive fire in state history,” Archpriest Anthony Karbo and the faithful of Saints Constantine and Helen/Holy Theophany Church here once again are requesting prayers, nearly one year to the day after they faced the Waldo Canyon fire. What has been dubbed the “Black Forest fire” has already destroyed nearly 16,000 acres, displaced … [Read more...]