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Source: WHEC News 10 Rochester By: Rebecca Fath The news of the plane crash is forcing many in the local Ukrainian community to take action and help those in need overseas. At the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, they say they have strong opinions about what is going on. They are collecting money to help people. Nicholas Sztanko is the vice president at St. Mary’s Ukraine Orthodox Church. Sztanko says the Ukrainian community is shocked and saddened to hear about the plane being shot down, but many from the country expect bloodshed in the current crisis. Sztanko feels the rest of…

Source: Forum 18 By Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service Kyrgyzstan’s State Commission for Religious Affairs (SCRA) on 14 July refused registration as missionary to Bishop Feodosy, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in Kyrgyzstan, Forum 18 News Service has learned. Under the Religion Law, this prevents him from working as a religious worker in Kyrgyzstan. “This is a ban on the Bishop”, Orthodox Church spokesperson Yuliya Farbshteyn told Forum 18. The SCRA claimed that the Bishop was denied registration as he “threatens the public security of Kyrgyzstan and sows religious discord among the population”. Orthodox believers totally denied…

Source: Chicago Tribune By Alexandra Chachkevitch, Tribune reporter A Glenview Greek Orthodox priest who faces a felony theft charge made his first court appearance this afternoon after missing two previously scheduled hearings. The Rev. James Dokos, 62, stood before a court commissioner in a Milwaukee County courtroom during the brief hearing, where his bond was set at $5,000. Because it’s a personal recognizance bond, he was not required to post any money to be released. Wearing a black suit with a clerical collar and smiling as he entered the courtroom, Dokos did not speak during the hearing, and no mention was…

Source: WISN.com MILWAUKEE —A priest accused of embezzling six figures from his Milwaukee congregation is a no-show in court again. His attorney said Father James Dokos was admitted to the hospital Monday morning. VIDEO: Father James Dokos a no-show in court again Monday She waited outside court to show her support. The former secretary at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church compared her former boss to Jesus Christ. “There’s only one man that’s perfect and what did they do to him? He’s gone. He’s dead. They killed him, and that’s what they’re trying to do to Father Jim — crucify him,” church member…

Source: The National Herald BY THEODORE KALMOUKOS Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, one of the most prolific writers and prominent Orthodox theologians of our times, sat down with TNH in Boston. BOSTON, MA – Metropolitan Kallistos Ware is one of the most prolific writers and prominent Orthodox theologians of our times. He came to know Orthodoxy at age 17 in London, when he accidentally entered a Russian Orthodox Church that happened to have been conducting a vigil Service at the moment, and immediately realized “this is my home.” Worship, the mystical tradition and especially the prayer attracted him, so six years later…

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 the east of the country. The pope was faced with an impossible task, with the Russian Orthodox…

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 Education. On Tuesday, June 17 the Symposium opened with a Molieben in the Seminary Chapel. The group then proceeded to room 233 for a lecture by Dr. Christopher…

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 jurisdictions.  ZOE for Life! has been granted 501 (c)(3) status by the Internal Revenue Service. Christ has constantly sheltered this ministry, providing…

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 (Director) will spearhead development efforts as St. Tikhon’s continues to evolve and grow.  Depending on experience and availability, the position can be part time leading to full time. Director will…

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 completed. Additional information will be posted as it is received. Born Victor Markiyanovich Sabodan in Ukraine’s Khmelnitsky region, on November 23, 1935, he studied at the Odessa Theological Seminary…

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