Orthodox Christian end-of-life resources now available

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [CSHA]  Many family life experiences are common for people in all places.  Births, graduations, marriages and other milestones are expected and anticipated.  Inevitably, sorrow comes at a loved one’s passing from this earthly life.  We have expectations for long life and wholeheartedly sing “Many Years!” to one another.  But the day comes when our elderly family members experience the progression of those years.  The aging process and disease may … [Read more...]

Mortal Kombat’s Shang Tsung goes Orthodox in Russia

Source: Russia Today The soul of Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, best known for the part of evil sorcerer Shang Tsung in the Mortal Kombat movies, has been captured by Russia – he has apparently decided to be baptized into the Orthodox Church. Tagawa, an American actor of Japanese descent, who took part in a new Russian film called The Priest-San, decided to abandon his faith and become a true follower of Jesus Christ’s orthodox teachings, Interfax reports. The news was spread via Facebook by one … [Read more...]

Antioch On The Record: Orthodox Administrative Unity in North America

Source: Ancient Faith Radio Antioch On The Record: Orthodox Administrative Unity in North America October 21, 2015  Length: 52:42 In this special edition of Ancient Faith Today, the V.R. Patrick O' Grady of St Peter the Apostle Antiochian Orthodox Church in Pomona, California represents the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America in explaining the reasons behind its recent statement at the 6th Assembly of Bishops and why it appeared to many that its long-held support of Orthodox … [Read more...]

Assembly of Bishops Releases New Study on Orthodox Theological Schools in the US

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA Assembly of Bishops Releases New Study on Orthodox Theological Schools in the US The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America has released a new study report today. The study focuses on US educational institutions that offer programs in Orthodox theology. It is based on a survey of 12 Orthodox theological schools in the US. The report examines degrees and programs offered by these schools, questions of … [Read more...]

Register now for the Patterson Conference: Tradition, Secularization, Fundamentalism: Orthodox/Catholic Encounters

Source: Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University 2016: Tradition, Secularization, Fundamentalism Thursday, June 23 - Saturday, June 25, 2016 | Fordham University School of Law | 150 W. 62nd St. (between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues) | New York, NY Register for the conference at forever.fordham.edu/orthodoxyconference. While the very meaning of the “secular” remains contested, Christians globally are self-identifying in different ways in relation to an imagined … [Read more...]

Ex-Clergyman, Sexually Abused at 17 by His Priest, Attempted Suicide

Source: The National Herald NEW YORK – Alex Prodes, a 53-year-old former Greek Orthodox priest (defrocked by choice), lives on his Social Security disability income, two years ago tried to kill himself. The divorced father of two – he sees his children only twice a year – referring to his failed suicide attempt, he asked his doctor: “why didn’t I die?” Prodes didn’t want to live anymore. He says that in 1979, 17 years old and the leader of the altar boys at the Evangelismos Church in … [Read more...]

Trying to Understand the Work of the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops and the Antiochian Orthodox Reaction

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Trying to Understand the Work of the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops and the Antiochian Orthodox Reaction In light of the aftermath of the meeting of the Assembly of Bishops September 2015, certain questions have been brought to mind about where we are at this point in time and how we got here.  In an effort to help people understand the situation, we are responding to questions that have been presented to us.  We hope that these questions and responses will help … [Read more...]

International Orthodox Christian Charities Response to the Crisis in Syria

Source: International Orthodox Christian Charities International Orthodox Christian Charities Response to the Crisis in Syria International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) supports one of the largest established networks to deliver life-saving humanitarian aid inside Syria where more than 12.2 million people are currently in need of assistance, 7.6 million of which are internally displaced. In addition to its work inside Syria, IOCC staff is working regionally to address the growing … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox Church, Muslims Back ‘Holy Battle’ Against ISIS

Source: Israel National News Powerful Orthodox Church hails government decision to initiate airstrikes against rebels in Syria. Russia's powerful Orthodox Church on Wednesday voiced support for Moscow's decision to carry out air strikes in Syria against the Islamic State group (ISIS), calling it a "holy battle." "The fight with terrorism is a holy battle and today our country is perhaps the most active force in the world fighting it," said the head of the Church's public affairs … [Read more...]

Advancing Freedom of Religion or Belief for All: Experts gather at Halki

Source: Conference of European Churches (CEC) Istanbul/Heybeliada From September 7 to 9 more than 40 human rights experts from across Europe journeyed to the hilltop theological school of Halki on the Turkish island of Heybeliada. Once the heart of theological education for the Orthodox world, the school closed in 1971 as a result of a ban on private higher education in Turkey. Arriving by plane, train, and even by foot, participants discussed and debated approaches to advancing freedom of … [Read more...]