Keynote Address of Archbishop Demetrios Officially Opens 41st Clergy-Laity Congress

Abp. Demetrios

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America PHOENIX – The 41st Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America officially began its work this morning at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Hotel. It was highlighted by the Keynote Address of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America presented to an audience of more than 1,200 participants. It is customary for the official opening to be attended by delegates, clergy and laity, of both the Clergy-Laity Congress and … [Read more...]

Israel Really Isn’t All That Friendly to Its Christians

Getty Images:A damaged crucifix survives the burning of a Greek-Orthodox church in Tulkarem in the West Bank on Sept. 17, 2006.

Source: The Wall Street Journal Regarding Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren's "Israel and the Plight of Mideast Christians" (op-ed, March 9): No doubt, his piece will be compelling for many readers. Christians in North America are generally sympathetic to Christians who suffer elsewhere. More negatively, many respond well when blame for that suffering is placed on Muslims. The biggest problem with Mr. Oren's analysis, however, is that it stands in sharp disagreement with the perspectives shared … [Read more...]

National Philoptochos Issues Appeal for the Welfare of the People of Greece

National Philoptochos President Aphrodite Skeadas

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – National Philoptochos President Aphrodite Skeadas on January 17, 2012 issued an immediate appeal to all Philoptochos Presidents, members nationwide and their respective communities to support a drive for the welfare of the people of Greece. President Skeadas stated, “We enter 2012 mindful of the dire economic circumstances and supreme hardships faced by our brothers and sisters in economically ravaged Greece, our ancestral homeland. … [Read more...]

School of Byzantine Music Publishes Guide

Byzantine Music School members present the first copy of their guide to Archbishop Demetrios - Photo: DIMITRIS PANAGOS.

Source: Orthodox Observer | Archdeacon Panteleimon The Greek Archdiocesan School of Byzantine Music (ASBM) has recently published Byzantine Music: Theory and Practice Guide to assist novice-level Byzantine music students and to enrich liturgical music programs in local parishes. Prior to the guide’s publication, the only sufficient Byzantine music textbooks were available in Greek. After the first year of the school’s operation, officials re-evaluated the teaching methods and the resources … [Read more...]

Christians in Turkey Festively Celebrate Christmas

Orthodox Christians celebrated Christmas with a religious service on saturday at St. Pierre Church in Hatay. (Photo: AA)

Source: Today's Zaman 25 December 2011 / TODAY'S ZAMAN, İSTANBUL The thousands of Christians in Turkey began their Christmas celebrations on Dec. 24, and several religious ceremonies were held in different churches as political figures like the president and prime minister issued holiday messages. İstiklal Street was the center of activity where Christians gathered together to spend the evening. Some joined parties while many others went to church to pray. Many Catholics celebrated … [Read more...]

In Memory: Eva C. Topping

Eva C. Topping

By George Matsoukas May the MEMORY of our founding board member and longtime supporter, Eva Topping, who departed this life on December 13, be ETERNAL. In July, she moved into an assisted living home in the town of her birth, Fredericksburg, VA. Eva Topping was 91 years old. She was a devout and devoted Orthodox Christian. She was the author of one of the seven studies in the Project on Orthodox Renewal. Her topic was Orthodox Women and Our Church. She spent many years of her life … [Read more...]

Police Officers to be on Hand for Greek Orthodox Vote

Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune | By Rosemary Winters A rift in the Salt Lake Valley’s Greek Orthodox community could be further ruptured or mended as members gather Sunday to debate the governance of their church. For the first time in two years, according to court documents, the Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Salt Lake is holding a general assembly, a democratic meeting that allows members in “good standing” to vote. The special meeting has prompted dueling mailings, rumors of a protest … [Read more...]

Community Surprised at Sudden Departure of Methodios’ Assistant

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By Theodore Kalmoukas Sophia Nibi, executive administrative assistant of the Metropolis of Boston suddenly resigned on September 1 after 27 years of service. She did not return a telephone message TNH left at her residence and her resignation was announced the same day a letter was sent to the clergy and faithful of the Metropolis by Metropolitan Methodios. Priests who spoke to TNH on the condition of anonymity said that "the departure of Sophia Nibi from the Metropolis creates a huge void … [Read more...]