Death of an Orthodox visionary — in America

Terry Mattingly

Source: Terry Mattingly On Religion When major religious leaders die, it's traditional that public figures -- secular and sacred -- release letters expressing sorrow and sending their condolences to the spiritual sheep who have suddenly found themselves without a shepherd. This is precisely what Greek Orthodox Archbishop Demetrios Trakatellis did, acting as chairman of the assembly of America's Eastern Orthodox bishops, after he heard about the death of Metropolitan Philip Saliba -- the … [Read more...]

Duck! Elderly patriarchs preaching doctrine!

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Source: Press Republican By Terry Mattingly, On Religion  This elderly patriarch's image is striking, with his stern face and a gray beard that flows over his chest, contrasting with the colorful clothing typical of his flock and his unique line of work. Just before Christmas, he created a stir with a blunt statement on a very controversial issue. No, this wasn't the Duck Commander in Louisiana. This patriarch resides in the city his followers formally refer to as Constantinople-New … [Read more...]

Columbine, Newtown and the culture of death

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Source: Courierpostonline.com by Terry Mattingly Blame it on the guns. No, blame the judges who banned God-talk in schools, along with most lessons about right and wrong. No, our lousy national mental health care system caused this hellish bloodbath. No, the problem is the decay of American families, with workaholic parents chained to their desks while their children grow up in suburban cocoons with too much time on their hands. No, it's Hollywood's fault. How can children tell … [Read more...]

Occupy Advent 2012 (Let’s ask Siri)

Terry Mattingly

Source: Terry Mattingly on Religion The first question was simple: “Siri, when is Christmas?” After the two-tone “BEED-EEP” chime, the voice of the Apple iPhone responded: “Christmas is on Tuesday, December 25, 2012. I hope I have the day off.” Then matters got complicated: “When is Advent?” Siri searched her memory and said: “I didn’t find any events about ‘Ed Fant.’ “ Trying again: “When is the Advent season?” Siri cheerfully responded: “I am not aware of any events about … [Read more...]

ON RELIGION: Apocalyptic visions at Chernobyl

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Source: Times-Standard Terry Mattingly/Scripps Howard News Service KIEV -- The apocalyptic visions begin just inside the doors of the Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum and many of them lead into the Book of Revelation. The final pages of Christian scripture are full of angels, trumpets, flames, thunder, lightning, earthquakes and catastrophes that shake heaven and earth. In this museum, the key is in the eighth chapter: “And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from … [Read more...]

Terry Mattingly: Talk on Orthodox Unity in America at the OCL Conference on November 4, 2007 [AUDIO]

Terry Mattingly

Terry Mattingly gives a though-provoking talk about Orthodoxy in America from the perspective of a journalism professor and one who converted to the faith. He talks about the importance of a commitment to a sacramental life as the key to creating a united Orthodox Church in North America. Listen here: … [Read more...]

Terry Mattingly: Talk on Orthodox Unity in America at the OCL Conference on November 4, 2007

Terry Mattingly

Terry Mattingly gives a though-provoking talk about Orthodoxy in America from the perspective of a journalism professor and one who converted to the faith.  He talks about the importance of a commitment to a sacramental life as the key to creating a united Orthodox Church in North America. Listen here: … [Read more...]

Terry Mattingly: Talk on Orthodox Unity in America at the OCL Conference on November 4, 2007 [AUDIO]

Terry Mattingly

Terry Mattingly gives a though-provoking talk about Orthodoxy in America from the perspective of a journalism professor and one who converted to the faith. He talks about the importance of a commitment to a sacramental life as the key to creating a united Orthodox Church in North America. Listen here: … [Read more...]