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Source: Orthodox Christian Network Originally published in our Sounding Blog in January 2017, the OCN is again sharing this post as Giannis Antetokounmpo of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks is making news again.  For more on this story, check out this video from CBS News 60 Minutes.  There are times I find it difficult to attend Church. As a Greek Orthodox parishioner and father of a multi-cultural family, I hear the words that are whispered. You’re not Greek, are you? The Church is for Greek people first. There are two types of people, Greeks and those who want to be Greek. Statements like…

Source: The National Herald SOUTH CHARLOTTE, NC – Rev. Steve Dalber, Presiding Priest of St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church in South Charlotte, NC was brutally attacked by 17-year-old William Wyatt McCloskey on February 9 in the parking lot of the church, where he was looking for his cell phone. According to police, McCloskey punched the priest and then struck him with his vehicle, causing serious injury. The priest suffered a broken arm and back injuries and was hospitalized. St. Nektarios posted on its website: “Fr. Steve is still hospitalized. He has been undergoing tests today and is resting comfortably. Shortly…

Source: Public Orthodoxy by Katherine Kelaidis Above my desk is a sign I bought years ago in an antique shop in the town where my Yiayia Kay grew up. It says, “No Dogs, No Greeks.” I originally bought it with a fair amount of Millennial irony, too gleeful at the fact that it would preside over a room that normally contains only  me and my 4.5 lbs Maltese named for the fourth Musketeer. On the same wall is hung a framed copy of the famous Life Magazine cover of Archbishop Iakovos standing next to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I…

Source: National Geographic Restorers working in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Israel uncover stone slab venerated as the resting place of Jesus Christ. By Kristin Romey JERUSALEM, ISRAELFor the first time in centuries, scientists have exposed the original surface of what is traditionally considered the tomb of Jesus Christ. Located in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem, the tomb has been covered by marble cladding since at least 1555 A.D., and most likely centuries earlier. “The marble covering of the tomb has been pulled back, and we were surprised by the amount…

Source: The National Herald NEW YORK – Michael Jaharis, industrialist, philanthropist, churchman, and patron of the arts, fell asleep in the Lord on February 17. He served for many years as Vice Chairman of the Archdiocesan Council of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. At the dedication of the Jaharis Family Center for Biomedical and Nutrition Sciences on Tufts University’s Boston campus in 2002, Archbishop Demetrios hailed the facility’s goal of improving world health as “a very noble and a very sacred mission.” And Tufts declared “Son of a Greek immigrant who landed penniless in Boston in 1908, you have…

Source: Politico Sixty years after its pogroms against ethnic Greeks, Turkey grapples with its ugly history. By AYKAN ERDEMIR ANKARA — A belated commemoration — 60 years late, in fact — was held on September 6 at Istanbul’s Panagia Greek Orthodox Church. It was in memory of the victims of the 1955 pogrom targeting the Polites, short for Konstantinoupolites, namely the Greeks of Istanbul. This was the first divine liturgy-cum-memorial service ever to remember what’s known in Turkey as “the events of September 6 and 7.” In what some refer to as the “Kristallnacht in Constantinople,” 71 churches, 41 schools, eight newspapers, more…

Source: Bangor Daily News By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff BANGOR, Maine — The Rev. Leo Schefe, the new pastor at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, has something in common with one-third of his congregation — he’s a convert to Orthodox Christianity. Schefe, a native of Chicago, was an evangelical Protestant working in the 1990s at a hospital in Portland, Oregon, in the Internet Technology department when he joined the Greek Orthodox Church. He quickly felt called to the priesthood and moved to Greece for five years to study and become familiar with the language. Since then, Schefe, 58, has served…

Source: Hurriyet Daily News Fener Greek Patriarch’s saplings in İzmir attract tourists İZMİR – Doğan News Agency The olive and myrtle tree saplings planted by Fener Greek Patriarch Bartholomew and İzmir Mayor Aziz Kocaoğlu have become tourist attractions. Bartholomew and Kocaoğlu planted the trees at the garden of the Greek Orthodox Church of Agios Voukolos in İzmir on Feb. 6. Orthodox Christian historians claim Saint Voukolos was the first Christian bishop of Smyrna (present-day İzmir). It is believed his tomb is located in the church’s courtyard. While Bartholomew’s olive tree has grown enough to give its first yield, tourists and locals…

Source: St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Vladimir’s Seminary to Confer Honorary Degree on Patriarch John X Greek Patriarch of Antioch and All the East The Most Blessed John X (Yazigi), Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, will be visiting St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary on Monday, July 27, 2015, to receive an honorary doctoral degree conferred by the seminary Board of Trustees and Faculty Council. The degree will be awarded at a public academic convocation at 6:00 p.m. in the Metropolitan Philip Auditorium of the John G. Rangos Family Building, during which His Beatitude will also give a…

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