Is Orthodoxy Ethnically Exclusive?

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Source: Orthodox Christian Network By Fr. Ernesto Obregon in The Sounding Periodically, I am asked the question as to how I could be part of the Orthodox Church. After all, are not the Orthodox somewhat exclusive? You are not Russian; you are not Greek; you are not Middle Eastern; how could you ever be accepted by the Orthodox? I suppose that I cannot blame people for thinking that. Even for those of us who are converts, we have experienced some Orthodox parishioners who think the same … [Read more...]

Christians in Jaffa Mark Beginning of Christmas Season

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Source: The Algemeiner JNS.org – Israeli Arab Christians in Jaffa marked the beginning of the Christmas season in the Holy Land with an annual Christmas tree lighting celebration earlier this week. At the gathering in the ancient port city adjacent to Tel Aviv, men dressed up as Santa Claus met children, sang Christmas carols and lit fireworks. Orthodox Christian leaders also addressed the crowd of Jewish, Muslim and Christian onlookers, using the occasion to promote unity between the … [Read more...]

War on religion: Orthodox Christian priests, churchgoers face threats in Ukraine

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Source: RT Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate has been receiving threats, including that of violence against the clergy, as radical nationalist movements try to take over churches and force them under the Kiev Patriarchate. READ MORE: Unique church shelled, burnt to ashes in E. Ukraine (VIDEO) Using both the years-long strife between the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and its breakaway Kiev branch, as well as allegations of the Moscow-tied Orthodox priests particularly … [Read more...]

Orthodox Unity: Overcoming the Curse of Jurisdictionalism [Audio]

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Source: Patristic Nectar Publications / Ancient Faith Radio by Fr. Josiah Trenham This lecture by Fr Josiah has been delivered in various venues throughout the country, and an earlier version of the lecture was published in the St. Vladimir's Theological Quarterly (Vol. 50, No. 3, 2006). The lecture is a theological commentary on the un-canonical arrangement of the Orthodox Church. It is a honest and bold attempt to articulate the evils of jurisdictionalism, and a call to canonically … [Read more...]

How Many Mothers Will It Take?

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by Maria C. Khoury, Ed. D. As we enter August 2014, my Church will enter a very special time of fasting and prayer for the Holy Mother of God, the Theotokos for the Holy Dormition, the Falling Asleep of the Virgin Mary (Aug 15/28). “You gave birth to the Salvation of the world, through which we were uplifted from earth to heights…Hail! O Ever-Blessed, Pure One, shelter and strength; rampart and fortress to those who sing: “Praise the Lord all His works and exalt Him in all the ages.” … [Read more...]

Pledge of Solidarity for Egyptian, Iraqi, and Syrian Christians and Other Small Religious Communities

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Source: Congressman Frank Wolf   UPDATED MEDIA ADVISORY  AMERICAN CHRISTIAN LEADERS “PLEDGE” TO STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH IMPERILED CHRISTIAN AND OTHER RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES IN EGYPT, SYRIA AND IRAQ  Press Conference 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, 2014 234 Cannon House Office Building  Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) and Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), co-chairs of the bipartisan Religious Minorities in the Middle East Caucus, will host a press conference at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 7 on … [Read more...]

Slaughter in Syria: 45 Christians Killed by Islamists in Sadad and Thrown into Mass Graves

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Source: Catholic Online By Deacon Keith Fournier Sadad is a small town of 15,000 people, mostly Syriac Orthodox Christians, located 160 km north of Damascus. It has 14 churches and a monastery with four priests. We have shouted to the world but no one has listened to us. Where is the Christian conscience? Where is human consciousness? Where are my brothers? I think of all those who are suffering today in mourning and discomfort: We ask everyone to pray for us. (Archbishop Selwanos … [Read more...]

Religious leaders welcome FBI hate crimes reporting

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Source: Religion News Service by Corrie Mitchell (RNS) For Raed Jarrar, the FBI’s decision Wednesday (June 5)  to begin tracking hate crimes against Arabs is a battle won in a larger war. “This is just one part of fixing the system, because unfortunately many hate crimes against Arab Americans have not been noticed,” said Jarrar, spokesman for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. In addition to its decision on tracking anti-Arab hate crimes, the FBI has agreed to track … [Read more...]

Jerusalem pilgrims get ink by same family that has been tattooing the faithful for centuries

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Source: The Washington Post By Associated Press JERUSALEM — Orthodox Christians visiting the Holy Land often return home with more than just spiritual memories. Many drop by a centuries-old tattoo parlor in Jerusalem’s Old City, inking themselves with a permanent reminder not only of their pilgrimage but also of devotion to their faith. The same Jerusalem family has been tattooing pilgrims with crosses and other religious symbols for hundreds of years, testament to the importance of the … [Read more...]

Dachau 1945: The Souls of All Are Aflame

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Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America & Orthodoxy Today In 1945, a Paschal Liturgy like no other was performed. Just days after their liberation by the US military on April 29, 1945, hundreds of Orthodox Christian prisoners at the Dachau concentration camp gathered to celebrate the Resurrection service and to give thanks. by Douglas Cramer The Dachau concentration camp was opened in 1933 in a former gunpowder factory. The first prisoners interred … [Read more...]