The Moving Icon

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Source: Orthodox Christian Network The Moving Icon is hosted by Chris Vlahonasios, media writer and founder of the Orthodox Filmmakers & Artists blog. This series discusses issues relating to media, social trends, the arts, and all aspects of human expression and creativity from an Orthodox perspective. Chris also interviews various Orthodox artists about their work, inspiration, and Faith. The show’s title refers to the fact that we are all living icons of God, in His image and likeness. … [Read more...]

Pärt and Soul

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Source: The Wall Street Journal Concerts to celebrate the most-performed classical-music composer alive By STUART ISACOFF You may not know the name, but you've heard his music. Estonian composer Arvo Pärt's alluring, hypnotic "tintinnabuli" ("bell-like") style has resonated with listeners world-wide—the database Bachtrack reports that Mr. Pärt is now the most performed living classical composer. The haunting music in the trailer for the film "Gravity"—a perfect complement to the image … [Read more...]

CHRISTIAN ENVIRONMENTALISM AND THE TEMPTATION OF FAUX ASCETICISM

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Source: Acton Institute by Andrew P. Morriss by Fr. Michael Butler It is important to clarify the Church’s teaching on asceticism because many voices in the environmental movement encourage a kind of ascetical lifestyle in the name of “ethical consumption.” Orthodox writers on the environment are not immune to the temptation of putting the ascetical tradition of the Church in the service of another agenda. For example, the conclusion of the Inter-Orthodox Conference on Environmental … [Read more...]

Retired army general wants Egypt’s St. Catherine’s Monastery demolished

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Source: Ahram Online Ahmed Ragai Attiya says that the historic UNESCO site in South Sinai poses a threat to Egypt's national security, after the monks turned it into 'a place for foreigners' by Sherry El-Gergawi A retired army general says he has filed a court case pushing for Egypt's historic Saint Catherine's Monastery to be demolished and its Greek monks deported on the grounds that they pose a threat to national security. In May 2012, Ahmed Ragai Attiya obtained 71 administrative … [Read more...]

Pan Orthodox Fellowship Weekend: May 30 – June 1, 2014 / Akron OH

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Acton Institute Launches Book Series in Orthodox Christian Social Thought

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Source: Acton Institute GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (January 14, 2014) – Rooted in the Tradition of the Orthodox Church and its teaching on the relationship between God, humanity, and all creation, Fr. Michael Butler and Prof. Andrew Morriss offer a new contribution to Orthodox environmental theology. Creation and the Heart of Man is the first monograph in a new series of Orthodox Christian Social Thought from the Acton Institute. Too often policy recommendations from theologians and Church … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to travel to Holy Land in May aims to boost Orthodox Christian relations

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Source: ABC News January 5, 2014 (Associated Press - VATICAN CITY) -- Pope Francis says his upcoming trip to the Holy Land aims to boost relations with Orthodox Christians. But the three-day visit in May also underscores Francis' close ties to the Jewish community, his outreach to Muslims and the Vatican's longstanding call for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. The announcement was made Sunday just as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped up three days of talks with Israeli … [Read more...]

Catholic, Orthodox students unite at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn.

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Source: The Quinnipiac Chronicle by Julia Perkins The university’s new Catholic Chaplain, Father Jordan Lenaghan, is working to support the Eastern Orthodox community at Quinnipiac. As part of this mission, Father Peter Orfanakos, a Greek Orthodox pastor from Orange, Conn., held a Vespers service on Thursday, Nov. 14. A Vespers is a prayer service done in the Eastern Orthodox Church at sunset to honor a different saint each day. Eastern Orthodox students and members of the Catholic … [Read more...]

The Mystery and the Process of Death

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Source: MYSTAGOGY An interview with Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and St. Vlassios by Pavel Chirila, Professor and Doctor at St Irene’s Hospital in Bucharest (Romania).  1. Question: Tell us something about death, something that comes spontaneously to you, something you consider extremely important. Answer: What comes spontaneously to mind is that death is a terrible mystery, as we chant in the Funeral Service, which is a poem by St. John Damascene. This is related to the fact … [Read more...]

The 29th Anniversary of the Repose of Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann – December 13

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] Thursday, December 13, 2012, the Feast of Saint Herman of Alaska, marks the 29th anniversary of the repose of Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann, Dean of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary and a leading 20th century Orthodox Christian theologian. Born in 1921 in Estonia to a family of Russian emigres, Father Alexander spent his youth in France, where he received his secondary and university education. He also completed theological studies at … [Read more...]