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Source: Ancient Faith Ministries Paul Ladouceur Editor’s Note: The following is a review of The Departure of the Soul According to the Teaching of the Orthodox Church, published April 2017 by St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery, Florence, Arizona. It was sent to us by Dr. Paul Ladouceur originally as four separate posts, but we have combined them here into one, since they are closely related and also since our readers are not unaccustomed to longer pieces here. The Departure of the Soul The Orthodox tradition contains several strands of thinking on the afterlife, based primarily on indications in Scripture, especially Jesus’…

Source: The Christian Century Being religious is not about following rules. It’s more like dancing. by Aristotle Papanikolaou When I was hired at Fordham University in 2000, I was told that I was to teach the core freshman theology course, Faith and Critical Reason. I guessed that many students in the class would resent being forced to take a theology course as a core requirement, for two reasons: (1) many students would be burned out on the theology courses they might have taken in a private Catholic high school; and (2) some students would question how theology could be taught…

Source: Ancient Faith Radio January 16, 2017 Length: 21:06 We interview Alexei Krindatch, the Research Coordinator of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, about a new map posted to the Assembly website titled “Orthodox Bishops and Parishes in the United States.” CLICK HERE to listen to the interview.

Source: Orthodox Youth and Camp Workers Conference January 26-28th, 2017 + Austin, Texas We frequently divide ministry efforts into small, discrete boxes. Rather than work towards a unified model of ministry grounded in Christ, we tend to cultivate an ice cube tray model of ministries and programs that work in parallel rather than cooperatively, in a spirit of true unity. Every year, one of the canonical Orthodox jurisdictions hosts a Orthodox Youth and Camp Workers Conference. The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and Y2AM will host the 2017 conference. Our objective is to offer an enriching and uplifting experience that…

Source: St. Katherine College December 20, 2016 “There are very few colleges and universities that earn an “A” from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for having a solid curriculum and I was delighted to learn that a new college recently was added to ACTA’s list: Saint Katherine College. This tiny school located near San Diego is an educationally serious place with a religious orientation.”- The National Review Dear Friends, We are proud to continue to receive recognition and accolades from trusted sources that are serious about higher education in America. But hardly a day goes by when the…

Source: Pravoslavie.ru President-elect Donald Trump has named Reince Priebus, an Orthodox Christian, as his White House chief of staff come January 2017. The forty-four year old Priebus has a long history in politics, and is a personal friend of House speaker Paul Ryan, which is expected to help in garnering legislative victories for the Trump administration, The Guardian reports. Priebus has served as state treasurer and Republican party chairman in Wisconsin, and took up the post of Republican National Convention chairman in 2011, becoming a loyal Trump campaign adviser and helping to garner broad support that led to his victory.…

Source: Holy Cross Bookstore The revised edition of the widely popular “Atlas of American Orthodox Christian Monasteries” has been released by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA. The Atlas has been updated to include an information on two newly-formed monastic communities. The Atlas can be purchased directly from the publisher, Holy Cross Orthodox Press, or on Amazon.com. Please share this news with your fellow parishioners, clergy and friends via Facebook, Twitter, your parish’s mailing list, and other social media. Drawing on extensive research, as well as fascinating stories and “insider” anecdotes, the Atlas offers to readers: An introduction into traditions…

Source: Change.org / A Plea for Pan-Orthodox Unity June 12, 2016 Feast of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council An Open Letter of the Orthodox Scholars around the World To the most venerable Primates of the Autocephalous Orthodox Churches Your All-Holiness and Your Beatitudes, We, the undersigned international group of Orthodox scholars, address this letter to the leadership of the Orthodox Church, to all Orthodox Christians around the world, and to all people of good will. We write out of profound concern for our Church, whose unity makes the new life in Christ visible to all humanity. We…

Source:  American Orthodox Institute / Touchstone Magazine (May/June 2016) Eastern Union The Orthodox Dilemma: Personal Reflections On Global Pan-Orthodox Christian Conciliar Unity George Alexander OCP Publications, 2015; 202 pages, $12.00, paperback By John G. Panagiotou In George Alexander’s “The Orthodox Dilemma” the reader is given a highly accessible overview of the history, current situation, and possible future of Eastern Orthodoxy and Oriental Orthodoxy. Through personal vignettes and historical illustrations, the writer, himself Oriental Orthodox, seeks to explain and address how the Orthodox Churches have found themselves in their present circumstances. To those with a relatively undeveloped knowledge of Eastern Christianity, many examples…

Source: The Modern Monastic Order of Saint Simon of Cyrene by John R. Gresham, Jr. I have a friend who is considering becoming an Orthodox Christian.  She is African-American and is concerned that by joining the Orthodox Church that she would be turning her back on black culture.  While she likes everything about the ancient faith, she notices the lack of Negro spirituals and the preaching style of the church we grew up in.  Also, except for me, I am the only native black American in the parish.  While she is used to being the only black in some circles in…

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